Children and Pets
You have probably heard the old saying, “A man’s best friend is his dog.” Well, not only does this hold true for man, but for a family as well. Let’s look at how having a pet can benefit your family and some tips on choosing the right one..
Do you remember when you were a child, and your parents took you to the local pound and you picked out your first pet. Or when your mom and dad brought home a little puppy dog? How did you feel? Exhilarated; excited, and when the dog licked your face and stuck out his paw; he touched your heart, didn’t he? This is no less true for families today. True, having a pet may start out as a gift for the kids who have been nagging you for months. But the truth is the pet is welcome by you and your spouse as well.
Pets give unconditional love; always. They trust you’ll take care of them at every turn, and they take care of you. After a long day at work, you come home to find your pet waiting for you at the front door; excitedly jumping up and down at your arrival. They are a comfort to kids when sick; and to the old when infirmed. Some dogs even have a sixth sense when you are ill and unaware of the problem. They can sense danger; and guard you and your family when necessary. They instinctively know when they’ve been naughty, and look to you for forgiveness. They comfort you in time of need like no other human. They can sense sadness and, when you pass, they mourn.
There are so many pets that need love and attention. Unfortunately, all too soon pets arrive at home only to find they are neglected or mistreated. How sad for the rest of us.
If you have the room and the time, why not consider adopting a pet. There are so many animals out there who will be put to sleep unless we afford them the opportunity to live in a home with a loving family. They ask nothing, but give so much.
Tips on choosing the perfect pet:
Your kids have been begging for a pet. Is it the right time? How to choose the perfect pet for your family entails a great deal of thought and research. Here are a few tips to help you decide.
Inevitably, once you decide on a pet for your kids, it is you who winds up taking care of it. To this end, the questions you have to ask are: Do you have the time to take care of this pet? Do you have the space the pet may require? Do you have the money to care for this pet? What type of pet should I get? These are valid questions which can determine if and when you should buy a pet.
The type of pet you decide upon is determined by the age of your children. If you have small children, a puppy may be more suitable. For example: A Bijou would be more suitable for younger children as they are friendly, love children, and easy to care for. Another pet to consider is a beagle. They are wonderful house pets, and pose no problem to small children. In addition, they make superb guard dogs. A larger dog, depending on your kid’s ages, may be suitable, but research is advised.
On the other hand, you may wish to venture into buying pets of other species such as a hamster, gerbil, or cat; but research is indicated here as well, especially for the hamster and the gerbil, as they require special needs. It is never a good idea to buy or adopt a pet on a whim; make sure you understand what is involved and ensure your entire family is committed to taking care of any pet that comes into your home.
The best approach on how to choose the perfect pet for your family requires research as well as talking to other pet owners. Determine which pet would be best suited for your kids; and for you, since you may be the one taking care of it eventually. You can always take a trip to your local animal shelter, as there are plenty of homeless dogs and cats who need a loving home.