I overheard Abbey recently saying that she tells her dog Norman when she’s leaving the house and what time she’ll be back. I laughed.

If you have a pet -- or know someone who does -- you’ve probably talked to it before, too. And I don’t mean basic commands like “sit,” or “ come,” or “STOP!” I mean, had a proper conversation with Fluffy.

As someone who doesn't have a pet, I don’t get it! Why do we have entire conversations with our dog or cat or rabbit or parakeet or goldfish or snail that can’t say a word back and might not even understand what we’re saying at all?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing you if you do. I'm just genuinely wondering -- why do we personify our furry (or woolly or slimy or scaly) friends?