So many families in Hartford area consider their pets as family members. I reside in a dog-friendly neighborhood west of the river where dogs are family. In a recent divorce involving a couple from Suffield, CT, the center of their universe was the four dogs, one of which was a show dog. Unfortunately, Connecticut Divorce Courts consider the family pooch or Whiskers the cat to be more aligned with a piece of furniture than a family member in a dissolution of marriage. The common law word of “chattle” comes to mind when categorizing the pets.