Asking about family pets is also a great way to get someone to talk. It's a safe subject, but one that is undoubtedly filled with emotion and use of the senses. Animals follow us through good times and bad, through triumphs and tragedies. For many, they are the thread that is woven thoughout our lives.
A simple open-ended question is all you need to get started.
"Can you tell me about your childhood pet?"
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