I've been lucky to live a life full of wonderful companion animals (and other critters..) including horses, a sheep, a giant rabbit, several wild rabbits, an angus bull, budgies, a duck, several chickens, geese, a corgi cross, several large dogs, several wonderful cats, stumpy tailed lizards, yabbies, pond critters, stick insects, spiders, praying mantises, hermit crabs, silk worms, spotted frogs, green tree frogs, bettas and.. well, lots of critters.
Growing up on a farm by a major river made -everything- my 'pet' as a kid. I think back to all that wildlife and the farm stock there and feel blessed to have been raised with a reverence for living things. Yes, including the ones we ate.
I've done my best to pass this on to my daughter, who also won't 'auto-kill' bugs in the house (unless they can potentially kill us, which a few can, here in Aus
) and loves animals. But I can't give her the rich environment I had, which has always made me a little sad.