Our dog, a Cairn Terrier, died a little over a month ago. When it happened, I was the only one with dry eyes. I can't help but wonder if this is because I'm half Asian. Asians don't usually have pets, and don't seem to bond with animals.
You just don't see many people of Asian descent out walking their dogs. I'm not sure to what extent it's nature or nurture, but I have to think there's at least a little bit of nature there. People of (especially Northwest) European descent do seem to get attached to their animals, and it seems to be part of their almost pathologically outward-directed altruism.
It's sort of akin to the way they're also willing to take in stray humans these days.
Asians just don't have that soft-hearted (and softheaded) altruistic thing going. To date not a single leader of an Asian country has said to the Europeans, "Hey, you guys are hogging all the Africans. Please, send us some." Or "We'd love to take in some of your excess Syrians. After all, Islam is the religion of peace."
There are exceptions to the animal rule (though none to the refugee rule). I thought hard, and came up with one example, which I pointed out to my son: "My Japanese-American cousins seemed to like their Labs."
He immediately retorted, "Yeah, they like 'em medium rare."
Anyway, I was inclined to feel sad about the dog, but my sadness was somehow overwhelmed in the face of everyone else's greater sadness, so I remained dry-eyed.
We just got a new dog. I don't plan to eat it, nor do I plan to use it in dogfights.
However, I suspect I'll bond with it less than the other members of my family do, and that may have something to do with the fact that I'm half robot.