This morning as I do every day, I petted Toonces and Muffin (cats), then Cocoa (dog) before I headed out the door. I also said I love you. It's a ritual.

Before you chuckle, I am in the majority of people that say "I love you" to their pets! According to a recent study, over 63 percent of pet owners say those three little words to their animal kids. And nearly all asked call themselves their pet's mom or dad.

It is perfectly fine to be emotional about a pet. After all, we care for their needs. And according to scientists, they actually respond as children would. Think about that.

Oh, one more thing I do as part of the daily ritual is sing good morning to my babies. Your turn!

Lee Ann Taylor