My favorite animal is probably the giraffe. They are graceful and elegant: the Audrey Hepburns of the animal world. But you can’t have one as a house pet. Gerbils make a mess. Fish are hard to keep alive. Dogs are too exuberant for me. Cats are nice, they stay out of your way and don’t make a lot of noise.
Since my favorite must stay in the wild (or the zoo) I opt for no pets. There are many advantages to the no pet household. For one thing, you . . .