Often, because our commitment to our pets is so great, we will sacrifice our own well-being for theirs. This is why who gets the dog is such a tough issue for courts in divorce hearings–just because the couple may no longer love each other, they both still very much love their pet. Now, courts in Alaska acknowledge that love and relationship and the seeing of pets as more than possessions benefits the animal significantly, which in turn benefits both the owners.
While Alaska is the first state to do this, we hope more may follow suit. Animals are not possessions; they are loving creatures who deserve to have their disrupted lives be the best they can be, regardless of whether or not Mommy and Daddy stay together.