Adopt a Pet – Animals Make Us More Human
Imagine the following scene if you will. You have three children, the normal energetic kinds which are always underfoot, always screaming and always filled with energy. The moment you set out a meal,they are pushing and shoving to get the bigger share, to get there first, or just pushing for fun. And then, you get a nice fluffy puppy for the children. And you notice the difference straightaway. Each time a meal gets set out, each time you give a child candy or something,the children think not of themselves, but of whether Barkley the puppy has had his share. Parents don’t frequently realize this; but when your kids ask to adopt a pet, it is not just extra responsibilities you need to concern yourself with. Pets can make children learn a thing or two about being kind, being unselfish, about caring for another. And they can do this, even if they’re totally irresponsible when it refers taking care of the pet’s daily needs.
There are more pet owning families in America than families that don’t have a pet (and it’s almost an even way split between dog and cat households). Surely, if you consider it in terms of how much a pet costs and all the hassles that go along with having a pet, it can be enough to dissuade anybody. However, the soothing, humanizing influence that pets can be for everybody in the family, whatever time and money you spend when you adopt a pet will be stunningly repaid.
There are other more tangible benefits that come by you too. Children who grow up in a home with pets grow accustomed ( and nonallergic to everything that goes with pets – animal hair, mites, grass (that the animal rolls about in). Animals don’t just make you feel good. They make the whole family physically healthier. And of course, a well-adjusted pet makes for better blood pressure and just more Prozac-free happiness. Children, specially, find that a bond with a pet is a particularly valuable one. It’s the friend they get to have at home who always understands.
Going out to adopt a pet, make sure you go with a prestigious breeder so that your pet is healthy and free of genetic disorders. And try to go with dogs that are known to be friendly with kids. Dalmatians and Jack Russell terriers may look really cute; but they aren’t really friendly as far as children are concerned. And make sure that you don’t go with some kind of fad animal.