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Community Pulse - January 14, 2022


What are your thoughts on the current trend of many young couples who are deciding to not have children in favor of having pets (who they treat like children) instead?

Around Town

Sally Lagomarsino

Industrial Hygienist

I think each couple needs to do what is best for them. But I am so happy that my own son and his wife went against that trend and I now have a beautiful, baby granddaughter!

Matt Marchetti


I'm all for it. With the extremely high cost of living these days, especially here in the Bay Area, it is much more reasonable and feasible to love and provide excellent care for a dog than it is to have children.

Dave Olsen

Electrical Project Manager

I think there should certainly be no rush for young couples to race into the lifetime of responsibilities that goes along with having children. At the same time though, there is no greater satisfaction in life than raising good, productive, decent children. It is up to each couple to decide what is right for their own relationship.

Sylvia Becker

Office Manager

I understand that during the challenging times we are living in, young couples might be making a reasonable decision to not bring children into the world. And I know as an avid dog lover that our pets bring us enormous joy. However, as a grandmother, I can tell you that there is no greater source of joy than that which comes from human children and grandchildren.

Mckenzie Olsen

Real Estate Admin

As a young person, I think the movement to have dogs instead of kids — at least while I'm still in my 20's — is a good idea because it means we are waiting until we are really ready to have children while still enjoying the ability to love and raise another living being — our sweet little dog.

Compiled by Nancy and Jeff Lewis


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