Meet the people who view their pets as 'substitute children'

Meet the people who view their pets as 'substitute children'

Emma explains that pets have a huge benefit for our mental health and wellbeing – and often provide a place for people who are looking for somewhere extra to put their love, but can’t have, or don’t want children.

Pope claims couples who choose to have pets but not children are ‘selfish’

Pope claims couples who choose to have pets but not children are ‘selfish’

Pope Francis’ comments are likely to raise eyebrows among childless pet owners (Picture: Getty Images)The Pope has suggested that people who substitute pets for children are selfish.

‘Insensitive’: pet owners react to pope’s remarks on animals and children

‘Insensitive’: pet owners react to pope’s remarks on animals and children

Instead, the pope’s comments likely reflect the fact that birth rates have been declining in Europe over the past seven decades, especially in traditionally Catholic countries in the south, where there is a lack of government childcare support, gender roles are more entrenched and youth unemployment is high.

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Pope Francis warns that choosing pets over children ‘diminishes us’

Pope Francis warns that choosing pets over children ‘diminishes us’

Pope Francis has some pretty strong opinions about couples who choose to have pets instead of children.In fact, the child-free lifestyle has been enticing more and more millennials in recent years as many couples have begun to embrace the freedom that comes along with not having children.

Seven perfect gifts to get for your dog this Christmas

Seven perfect gifts to get for your dog this Christmas

We’ve rounded up a list of some of best products in 2019 – from new beds to cool outfits , here’s the ultimate gift guide for pooches.(Picture: Popetpop)Finally, no Christmas list for dogs is complete without the most obvious gift of all: a toy.