TOEFL iBT Writing: “Pets should be treated like family members.”

Michael Buckhoff’s “7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT

Exam!” Michael Buckhoff, founder of Better TOEFL Scores, reads, evaluates, and scores a TOEFL practice essay from one of his online TOEFL iBT students. Pets should be treated like family members. Do you agree or disagree? In Western countries people prefer to have pets. They have pets like dogs, cats and some birds. Although having pets can create problems to the neighbors, possibly source of diseases, and expensive, it is really good to have pets. I agree that pets should be treated as family members because they are caring, help for the elderly and a substitute for babies. First, pets are very caring. They show their affection by waving their tails, licking the people affectionately with tongue, and waiting for the arrival of their boss. Although it costs an arm and leg to maintain the dog, the caring nature overcomes the cost. For example, I had a pet dog named Jimmy, which took care of me when I was sick. If I am sick, the whole day Jimmy would sat by my side waving his tail and not feeling to eat. However, it was not speaking by words; the caring nature can be revealed by its action. Second, pets are definitely a support for the disabled and elderly. The elderly and disabled are prone to loneliness and diseases, which makes them more stressful. In my community there are many old people who go out for a walk with their dogs and cats to get fresh air for a healthy life. My neighbors who are in their seventies always complain about their health

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