Pets used to be kept because they were functional.
The last several decades, however, this has greatly changed. Pets are nowadays mainly kept for companionship and increasingly placed on a pedestal.
The animal is moving further away from its natural habitat and it becomes more and more integrated into the life of man.
The series 'Showpieces' illustrates how people place pets on a pedestal. The pet loses its animal status, becomes fully integrated into the environment of man and is almost part of the interior. One is proud of their pet and it must be a real showpiece.