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Sad to say, but American household pets lead better lives than many people. They are fed well, pampered and usually considered part of the family. Mostly it's dogs, but since the advent of social media cats are running a close second. They are the darlings of YouTube. There are exotic pets available also. Syndicated reptile shows across the country are well attended and fascinating and of course, birds have always been popular. I hope to better understand the relationship of Americans to their pets by photographing them. We have three cats.

woman with pet ferret, W.Palm Beach 2003