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Pets or parenthood

Are children necessary in a marriage? And if a couple is childless, can pets fulfil their nurturing instincts?

Published on May 25, 2014 12:00 PM

Ever since H and I started sleeping together, we've found it hard to get a good night's rest.

It's not so much because I'm terrified that he'll unwittingly elbow my face in the middle of the night (he sleeps with his arms bent).

It's also not because he's intrigued by how I can sleep with my knees up, one leg crossed over the other (or so he says).

The reason for our fitful sleep is Dee, our bichon frise, who shares the bed with us.

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