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The Benefits of Having Dogs for Children


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Being a dog lover and always having a dog right under my bed from the day I was born, I can vouch for the benefits of having dogs for children.

I have noticed that kids and dogs always seem to go hand in hand; even a baby gets fascinated when there is a dog around!

We all know just how much kids love animals, and it is an established fact that keeping pets for children is vital for their overall development.

And not only do good pets enhance the nature of the child or pet owner, these large or small animals even teach, delight, and offer a special kind of companionship.

“Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” ~ Robert Wagner

Pets for children are so important, for the children also learn compassion, responsibility, and empathy from them.

Pets are never critical and don’t give orders, so much unlike parents! Instead, they always love and their mere presence at home provides a sense of security in children.

I remember when I was a child, my parents always made sure I was surrounded by various good pets like dogs, cats, and we even had many pigeons, rabbits, and fishes in our house!

But somehow I always had a soft corner and have loved dogs, especially their expressive eyes that say so much, cuddly fur, and loving gestures that melts my heart.

I think having good pets for children help develop their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. Thus, after having been raised with a dog always by my side and knowing the benefits of having dogs for children, I too have one at home so that my kids pick up these same values from this wonderful friendly animal.

And yes, we have named him Snoopy (as he loves to snoop around!).

Benefits of Having Dogs for Children

I feel these benefits would go for any kind of pets for children, or even for adults!

  • They can help ease our loneliness and be the best of companions.
  • They help promote social interaction.
  • They help boost self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • They help increase the emotional intelligence of kids, as having dogs is a great way to teach them empathy.
  • They teach kids values like being kind, gentle, caring, and loving.
  • They help children develop responsible behavior and care-taking skills.
  • They teach respect for animals, and offer a real bond with the natural world.
  • They provide opportunities to learn about the life process like birth, reproduction, health, recovery, death, etc.
  • They offer security and stability. Nearly 70% of kids confide in their pets and share secrets with them, knowing they will not be betrayed.
  • They reduce stress and tension, and pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
  • Those with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations, lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those without pets.
  • Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
  • They encourage exercise and playfulness.
  • They provide us with unconditional love and affection.
  • They keep kids fit and healthy, and children have fewer sick days off school.
  • They help kids fight off asthma and allergies. According to a study, kids who live with dogs are 50% less likely to ever develop allergies. This happens because of the compound Endotoxins that exists in the mouth of dogs. Kids are exposed to these compounds as they constantly play with their dog, thus have a lower risk of developing allergies.
  • A pet needn’t be a dog or a cat. Even watching rabbits in your garden or fish in an aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and pulse rate.

One of the primary reasons for these therapeutic effects is that most pets fulfill the basic human need to touch. Thus, holding, stroking, cuddling, of touching a loving animal can calm and soothe us when we are stressed.

There is a natural bond that develops between pets and children, and owning a pet can help a child to grow into a caring adult.

“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” ~ James Cromwell

Kids and dogs are a natural fit, and the benefits of having dogs for children are unmatched. Certain dogs for children with a good temperament and moderate energy level work wonders.

Some breeds that tend to do great with children are the Bichon Frise, Poodle, Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, Beagle, Collie and Shetland Sheepdog, Cairn Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Bulldog, Vizsla, and German Shepherd.

Above all, any pet is great fun- though I would always vouch for dogs! They can make you laugh, even if you have had a terrible day, are always there wagging their tail with happiness when you return home, and ready for a reassuring hug when you need it.

At the end of the day, I guess all a dog really wants to give you, its owner is happiness.

Do you have any pets? How and what have they given you? Are you also a dog lover like me? Do you also feel there are benefits of having dogs for children or even adults? Share your experiences about the pets you have in the comments below.

 

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40 Comments

  1. Deeone

    February 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Harleena, I definitely see the benefits you share with us about pets. Although, I’m more of a fish lover, because that’s what I grew up with; we do have a Miniature Schnauzer we’ve given the name, Sir Chase (Chase for short) :)

    And boy is he a character! He’s only two, we got him when he was 8 wks old. He loves to play and drowns both of us with love and admiration. He’s more of a fan of my partner though. I think that it’s only because my partner allows him to follow him around every single step he takes, and I on the other hand give him boundaries.

    Like children, he knows which parent will allow him to do what. He knows us both very well. Case in point, when we’re here alone, and most of the time I’m writing; he curls up under my office chair and enjoys just being in my presence. As soon as my partner gets home from work though, it’s off to the races! He runs throughout the house, plays, sits and stares at him until he falls in to those eyes and gives him what he wants. Like I said, a character. :)

    I never grew up with a dog, my mother wouldn’t allow me and my brother to ever have one. So, I’m really not a dog lover; meaning they wouldn’t be my first choice. However, Sir Chase has taught me many things about the dog kingdom, and helped alleviate many moments of stress that has arisen from writing my book. So I can concur with that benefit.

    This was truly a pleasant read, my friend. And I thank you for sharing such great information on dogs. Have a fantastic weekend! ;)

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      Harleena Singh

      February 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Glad you resonated with the post Deeone!

      Wonderful to know that you too love pets, and that fish have been your favorite! I remember we had an aquarium at home and all kinds of fishes we could think of were into it, though in rotation. Of course, the worst part was the cleaning of the fish tank! We were taught to remove the water little by little and the long process thereafter! But all the same, it was always fun to learn about new things.

      Miniature Schnauzer are cute dogs and I like the name you have given him ‘Sir Chase’- that’s cute! And 2 is a wonderful age to play all the tricks all over the house! I bet he’s nibbled a few of your shoes or slippers (if you allowed him to!) Guess then you already know a great deal about dogs as well :)

      You are so right there- dogs know very well which member of the family will allow them to do what, and they are great at going to those very people for getting their things done! Our dog also knows when he can take the liberty and jump on the bed and when he needs to remain on the ground!

      Cute indeed to read more about Chase- I can almost visualize him and imagine my dog do the same. He too loves to curl and sit right under my chair while I write and the moment the kids are back home, he refuses to acknowledge we exist! But after playing with them and having his share of fun, he does come back and needs a pat on his shoulder from me :)

      Yes indeed, if you had dongs like me- right from day one, there would never have been anything you would have loved better (as pets!). Glad he reduces your stress and helps alleviate your mood as well!

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with everyone. And have a wonderful weekend as well with ‘Chase’ :)

  2. Keyuri Joshi

    February 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Really appreciate all the points you’ve made in this post. In particular that interacting with and caring for pets is so beneficial in building empathy in children. Empathy in turn facilitates healthy emotions and social interactions.

    My family has learned so very many life lessons about love and loyalty from our black lab (who just turned 11 yesterday!) She is a cancer survivor and is now blind. Caring for her brings my son such a sense of pride and joy.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Welcome to the blog Keyuri!

      Glad you could resonate with the post. Yes indeed, I think pets, especially dogs have a great hand in building empathy in children and they learn so much from pets- its truly amazing.

      Nice to learn about your lab and her birthday. Knowing she has been a cancer survivor and the fact that she is managing even though she is blind, also speaks a great deal about the will and inner strength she must be possessing.

      I am sure your son must be so proud to be able to look after her and she in turn also must be so fond of your son and all of you. Wishing her the best of health.

      Thanks so much for stopping-by. :)

  3. Rusty

    February 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I agree with you whole heartedly!

    And I must say that for the elderly it is almost a necessity! My dad is now 91 years old and I am currently visiting him at his assisted living facility and I am convinced that if he didn’t have his little dog Sandy, we may not be here!

    I do “clown therapy” in pediatric wards of hospitals (in Italy) and there is also an important therapy known as “pet therapy” which has proven to be a great help to the elderly.

    I also grew up with a dog with whom I would confide when I was going through a tough time! Ha! And now we have a wonderful Maltese who has become an important part of our lives! So, I am certainly in favor of having a pup or pet of any kind. I find it hard to relate to those who are so against having house pets, but there are different strokes for different folks!

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      Harleena Singh

      February 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Welcome to the blog Rusty!

      You are absolutely so right when you mention about dogs being almost a necessity for the elderly or even for those who are disabled. I think they do wonders by being the perfect companions for them. And its wonderful that Sandy is there to look after your dad- sure enough reason for you to be carefree.

      Nice to learn more about you and ‘clown therapy’- something I had never earlier heard of! But yes, I have heard of pet therapy and even touching, stroking, or talking to your pets is known to have great benefits.

      I guess most of us who are dog lovers and have grown up with dogs must have confided in them when young, I know I did as well- guess they were always all ears and never let a secret out! We had a lot of different kind of breeds while we were growing as well, and kept changing one after another- so learnt a lot about them.

      Yet there are some people who probably have never kept pets or their parents never let them keep pets, so they really have no idea of what it feels like to keep one. Guess they do miss out a great deal there :)

      Thanks so much for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone :)

  4. Vidya Sury

    February 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Pets make such great friends and companions. Children learn a lot of compassion from having a pet. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to keep one as we live in an apartment. But we did have a dog, on and off. A friend of mine had three dachshunds – they were adorable and I used to love being smothered by them!

    Great list of benefits, Harleena!

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      Harleena Singh

      February 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Glad you could relate to the post Vidya!

      Yes indeed, there is no doubt about pets making great companions and friends. I guess you are never really alone if you have a pet, especially if its a dog :)

      I can well understand the problems of keeping a pet if you are living in an apartment, though I do know of a few people who do keep them and still manage to do so beautifully! But yes, pets do prefer their little open area and love their freedom off and on.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  5. Adrienne

    February 3, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    When I read this Harleena my first thought was having dogs “as” children.

    We had dogs when I was a kid too but not until we were around twelve. We only had strays and they weren’t allowed in the house so they just came along with us when we went out to play. I was never lonely as a child so needing them as a companion for that purpose wasn’t a problem for me.

    As an adult that’s totally different. I’ve lived alone for the majority of my adult life. Having a dog as a companion, and as my own child, has been a huge benefit for me. Kayla, my Chihuahua, sleeps with me, sits in my lap when we watch TV and gets her share of love throughout the day as she reminds me it’s time to take a break. She goes with me everywhere pretty much and to be honest with you, I don’t know what I would do without her.

    I know they are wonderful with children but they are wonderful with the elderly as well. They just have that sense about them and are extremely compassionate. I can’t imagine my life without a dog in it and I hope I never find out.

    Thank you for sharing this Harleena, wonderful topic and I’ll definitely be sharing this one.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Glad you resonated with the post- I just knew you would Adrienne!

      Yes indeed, dogs are almost like children (at least we treat ours like one!)

      Nice to know about the time when you had your first pet, though even strays are wonderful if they are fond of you in the true sense. It happens so often that when I am out for my daily walks, there are 2-3 stray dogs who just like to follow and come along a little distance, they wag their tails and look you up and down, and all they need is a little look at them or small pat on their heads and they are off on their own.

      Kayla is indeed lucky to have you, as you are lucky to have her! I can well imagine her place in your house- she can be nothing less than your child and I bet you must be spoiling her often as well! I do that so often with my dog by allowing him to eat on the bed, though I have laid out a separate sheet just for him- over ours :)

      They just love to follow us all over don’t they? I guess they too look for companionship. And if we do go out and have left him home alone he will whine the roof down, though is quick to forget and is back onto us when we return! Their love is truly boundless.

      You are so right there about dogs being wonderful with kids as well as the elderly. I guess they can make out when to be slow or patient with the elders and are quick to make out their needs as well.

      I agree with you about not wanting a life without any dogs in it- nor imaging how it would be like :)

      Thanks so much for adding so much value to the post by sharing your experiences with everyone. :)

  6. Hajra

    February 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Hey Harleen,

    I ain’t a dog person but we had almost every pet except dogs. Cats, fish, birds, rabbits, ducks, hens and turkey… lol, almost sounds like a mini poultry! But yes, we had loads of fun and had names for EACH of them!

    But having a pet teaches you a lot of things; compassion, care, love for animals and overall the sense of being responsible to them in general. Also, if in case you lose them, the grief is so overwhelming at times that it becomes a little disturbing then.

    Although it is a long time since I have had one of my own; especially since having one in college was tough and then I just couldn’t but yes, my mom has a cat named Meow (yes, we are very bad with names) and she is such a darling. She actually “talks” to us over the phone! Don’t ask ;)

    Loved reading this… maybe I should get a pet soon. The post reminded me of how much I miss them :)

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      Harleena Singh

      February 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Glad you resonated with the post Hajra!

      Lol…yes that does sound like a mini poultry! My friends also used to call our house a mini zoo when they came over and were rather surprised as to how we managed to look after all of them! But somehow all the animals adjusted so well together :)

      You are so right there, guess you do know a great deal about pets! Whenever we lost a pet it was almost as if a close family member had left us, but my dad was quick to get a replacement so that we don’t miss the lost pet for too long. And within a few days the new pup would become the center of attraction.

      Cat talking over the phone!! That must be so cute- say a nice ‘Meow’ from my and Snoopy’s side to her- would love to hear back what she said :)

      I am sure you would not regret your decision, if you ever do think of getting a pet- they can only do you good. Guess you already know that as you had so many of them when you were a child!

      Thanks so much for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone!

  7. Jack

    February 4, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I agree with everything you have written. my children have learned so much from having a dog. It has been a special experience to watch them grow together.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Glad you could relate to the post Jack!

      Yes indeed, when we watch our kids grow with pets, we know we made the right decision in getting one for them. I guess they only pick up great things from dogs- and there can never be any regrets whatsoever.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  8. Idelle

    February 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I never grew up with dogs, but did have cats, turtles, fish, parakeets and even a bunny. Just not all at the same time (LOL). They were all wonderful and made childhood so much better. Presently, I have my first dog- a 3 year old yorkie poo. She is definitely the stabilizing factor in the family. Can’t get enough of that unconditional love. I wrote a blog about her recently and how we solved her health issue holistically.

    Loved your post. Stirred up many memories.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Welcome to the blog Idelle!

      Nice to learn that you too were fond of pets and had a large variety as well. So, how are you liking your first dog after having kept other kind of pets earlier? Yes indeed, dogs are all about unconditional love and giving back to their owners. Would surely read your post about her.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  9. Corinne Rodrigues

    February 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Another thing we have in common, Harleena :)

    I love dogs and have had one almost my entire life. When I moved to Mumbai to get married, I thought I’d have to give up on having dogs, having never lived in a flat before. But my husband, who loves dogs too, had never had one and was dying to keep a dog. Isn’t that wonderful?

    So we got ourselves, Pablo, a boxer. I’ve never had a boxer before but they’re the sweetest dogs. They have such wonderful spirits and he makes such a difference to our lives. He even has his own blog ;)

    Love from Pablo to Snoopy (what breed is he?) ♥

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      Harleena Singh

      February 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Nice to know that dogs are another thing we have in common Corinne!

      You were indeed lucky to have found a husband who was craving to keep a dog, as otherwise those who have never kept one earlier aren’t all that willing to keep one later. But yes, keeping a dog in flats is a problem with many- though who are really fond of dogs will always find a solution to adjust with them :)

      Boxers are indeed cute, and yes, I did visit and see his blog too. That was a thoughtful idea indeed :) Cute :)

      Love from Snoopy to Pablo as well – Woof-woof!!(he is a Pom)

      Thanks so much for stopping-by :)

  10. Marcus Baker

    February 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Like yourself I have been a dog lover from birth as I have always had dogs around me. While I have owned various breeds, my favourites are definitely Labradors and Cocker Spaniels.

    From a young age I wanted to be a Vet and I would have had I been better able to deal with the sight of blood.

    Sadly I don’t think there would have been much hope for a vet that fainted every time he saw blood. ha ha… I did go on to own a Pet care business some years later however which I just loved.

    As a school teacher I worked for a number of years with kids at risk and used to take a particular Cocker Spaniel of mine to school everyday. The miracles that dog worked with those children went far and above anything I could ever have facilitated on my own.

    Dogs are wonderful for all the reasons you mention in your post Harleena and I can also say that I have learned some of my best lessons from my dogs including persistence, focus and unconditional love.

    Naturally I loved this post Harleena and I was not surprised at all to read that you are a dog lover. In my experience people who love dogs have a special quality of compassion about them that is quite unique.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Marcus

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      Harleena Singh

      February 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Glad you resonated with the post Marcus!

      Nice to know that we something in common! I too cannot think of a single day when I have not had a dog by my side. There is indeed nothing like Labradors. We too had several breeds- though one at a time :)

      Being a vet would surely have taken you more closer to these wonderful animals, though yes the sight of blood is something no one would like. Lol…and yes to faint each time you saw blood would surely have been a sight! But nice that you were connected with pets in some way or the other, as even owning a pet care business meant they remained close to your heart.

      Kids at your school must have doted on your Cocker Spaniel and must be waiting for him everyday! Guess he must be a very special dog to have been able to work so well with the kids :)

      Oh yes persistence and focus- as well as determination are things we can easily learn from dogs. They rarely get distracted from what they get after once, till they end their task in hand- great lessons we need to learn from them!

      I totally agree with you there, that those who love dogs have compassion and a deeper understanding of life within them.

      Thanks so much for stopping-by and adding more value to the post by sharing your experiences with everyone.

      Have a great weekend as well :)

  11. Taryn Oakley

    February 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Cute photo!

    We have 2 dogs, 3 cats and 3 ducks at my house. So we are firm believers in raising animals and children together.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Welcome the the blog Taryn!

      Glad you liked the photo. And nice to know about your mini zoo as well! Yes indeed, there is no doubt that raising animals and children together can only be the best thing you can do for your kids.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  12. CarolB

    February 5, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Wow! This is awesome!

    I can totally testify to the benefits of having a dog in a child’s life. My oldest was going through a rough period three years ago, and we decided to get him a puppy for his birthday. Best decision we could have ever made for him. That tiny little puppy has since grown into a 90 pound “best friend” for my now 13 year old. He totally “lifted” our son to a whole new outlook in life. And now, this same dog is teaching both my boys about responsibility as they now have to take care our “beasty”! Well, at least most days they do!

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      Harleena Singh

      February 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Glad you liked it Carol!

      Nice to learn about your oldest and the pup you got him. I am sure they must be the best of friends now and find it tough to do without each other as well. I guess dogs are the best diversion a child can have, especially if they are undergoing some problems in their lives.

      Dogs have their special place in our homes and in our lives as well. And yes indeed, they do teach us so many things without us even knowing about it- that is the best way kids pick it up.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  13. Praveen Rajarao

    February 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Harleena – I am sure pets are a wonderful accompaniment for all children, though I havent had a pet my entire life, I would love to have one.

    On a different note, I have noticed a lady in my office who has a pet dog accompany her everyday to work!!! I was amazed and asked around as to why she gets it here and why the dog has a wrap around with a huge PLUS mark on it’s back? Later i came to know that the dog is prescribed by her shrink to keep her company since she suffers from hyper-excitement and hyper-tension. The dog helps her keep calm and get her work done through the day, isnt that amazing….

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      Harleena Singh

      February 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Glad you could relate to the post Praveen!

      It would indeed be a wonderful change for your family, especially your kids, if you do plan to keep pets! I am sure you would have no regrets :)

      Sounds wonderful that the lady in your office is accompanied by her pet dog! It does work wonders with some people, as in her case. Must be keeping her real calm and the dog too must be loving to come along with her, rather than being left alone at home.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with everyone and for stopping-by. :)

  14. Steve Rice

    February 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Great point!

    One other feature I noticed about having animals is that they have the power to bring us into a child-like state of wonder and laughter. It’s a great way to interact with life and creates all kinds of good endorphins rushing the brain. :)

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      Harleena Singh

      February 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Steve!

      You are so right about animals or pets having the power to bring out the child in us, and make us laugh and wonder. It surely does lighten up the atmosphere when you are with a pet. I know that whenever I need a break, all I need to do is reach out to my pet and he is forever ready to dp the needful!

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  15. Hiten

    February 8, 2012 at 3:20 am

    When we were kids, my sisters and I always wanted a dog. However, our mum wasn’t into pets so we weren’t allowed one. We did get a rabbit though.

    These days we have a cat (we don’t know who she belongs to) who comes for naps inside the house, sometimes for up to 2 hours! She loves Indian sweets too, especially barfi. :-)

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      Harleena Singh

      February 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Hiten!

      I can well understand how kids crave for dogs or pets and some parents (who may not have had pets when they were young) are not really the kinds who would welcome or like keeping them at home- it does break your heart as a child :) Nice that you had rabbits though, but I am sure they must have multiplied sooner than you could count them :)

      Lol…loved the description of the cat who come for her nap and meal times :) Guess she knows where she will find that little love and attention she needs. I guess animals get that instinctive feeling about the people who love them or will take care of them, and go closer to them.

      Thanks so much for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone :)

  16. ntathu allen

    February 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Hugs my dear.

    My girls would love to have a pet cat and I am sure they would look after the cat and take good care of it….for a few weeks…then the novelty will wear off. So instead they have goldfish and it is amazing how attatched they are to their fish and I have even caught myself chatting to Big Cassidy and Little Cassidy as I pass their tank.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Glad you could relate to the post Ntathu!

      Yes indeed, the novelty does wear off after a few weeks, unless you make your kids a part of the deal and make them promise that they would also look after the pets. And they do love taking up the responsibility, provided they are taught about it.

      Lol…that is cute indeed! I guess fishes are wonderful as well and if they have named them and chat with them, they must truly be attached to them.

      Thanks for stopping-by and sharing your experiences with everyone :)

  17. Jonathan Gaurano

    February 9, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Hey Harleena!

    Over my lifetime, I’ve had 4 dogs. 1 we let go, 2 died, and the last one still resides in our house. I’m a sucker for dogs because they truly are obedient, cuddly, bodyguards who bring tons of smiles to my face. They give off so much love and it is only right to give them the love they deserve.

    But, you’re also right – dogs are hard work. Therefore, before I have a kid – I think I’m going to get a dog, to train myself how to take care of kids (when I have my own).

    On an ending note, I feel so bad because my favorite dog past away because he got hit by a car. This is why I say – watch your dog carefully!

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      Harleena Singh

      February 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Jonathan!

      Nice to know that you too are a dog lover, and having kept so many you must be knowing a great deal about them. Yes indeed, their benefits cannot really be written down, as they need to be felt and each dog lover would have different ones for their own pet. But yes, their unconditional love remains the same always.

      Kids and dogs gel well and once you are able to get your own dog and learn how to train it, you are going to love every moment of it. It would come naturally to you as you have already lived with them earlier. And am sure your kids would pick it up right when they are young :)

      Sad to hear about the accident of your dog, and yes, you are right, they need to be taken care of and guided well so that such things don’t happen. But its nice to get a quick replacement, so that you don’t miss your earlier pet too much.

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  18. Justin Mazza

    February 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    We had so many pets growing up as children and now I don’t have any. I am surrounded by nature and can look outside and see squirrels, chipmunks, deer, horses and dogs too.

    Whenever I see a dog it always puts a smile on my face. Such loyal creatures full of unconditional love.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Glad you related with the post Justin!

      You surely must be missing having pet now, especially as you had so many of them when you were young! Yes indeed, nature is full of wonderful and friendly animals as well, and sometimes they become as good as pets if they visit your place often, or if you are kind enough to feed and care for them.

      Dogs are always special I feel, or maybe I am just a little biased :)

      Thanks for stopping-by. :)

  19. Cat Alexandra

    February 26, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Dear Harleena,

    What a sweet photo of the little boy and his best friend. :) Even just images like this of children with their dogs has a way of really warming the heart. I think that’s just more evidence of what you’ve shared in your post too.

    There are some life lessons that we really only learn experientially. Some of the ways to love fall into those categories. I, for one, know with no doubt that having companion animals taught me lessons about unconditional love, loyalty, patience, and responsibility.

    I went for some several years without having a pet once I’d gotten out into the world on my own. I always missed having the companionship. When I went out and got myself a new companion animal, I felt reconnected to some things I had forgotten in the bustle of life…things like the fulfillment of waking up daily to care for another and spend time together doing simple things that bring on smiles and joy.

    I think that a lot of those “little things” are so important to making life more enjoyable. Right now I’m actually missing my doggie and kitty a lot. I have taken them both to my Mom’s home for about a week since I will be away enjoying snow activities and didn’t want to leave them alone. :)

    Thanks for bringing me a smile!

    Cat

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      Harleena Singh

      February 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post Cat!

      I just fell for this photo the moment I saw it, and just knew I had to share it with my readers here- it speaks volumes :)

      You are so right when you say that some of life’s lessons are learnt experimentally only, and yes, love falls foremost in that! It is indeed truly amazing how much pets or our companion animals can teach us through their ways, and unconditional love is always what stands right out from among the others. Their needs are so little, yet they give so much!

      Small things matter, don’t they? As in your case, once you got a companion animal, you were able to reconnect once again with life and it must have brought about a change in your daily routine- like the waking up daily for their care, and spending time with them that would bring sheer joy and happiness to both, you and your pet.

      Life is indeed more enjoyable and we do feel more content and happy when we have a pet. Wow! You do manage to keep both, a dog and a cat- nice combination. Guess they must be best of friends also :)

      And you may miss them and they would miss you too, but as you mentioned you have two of them, I am sure they would be giving each other company and sharing the joy with your Mom while you are away. So, don’t worry and enjoy yourself.

      Thanks for stopping by and smiling, as well as sharing your experiences with everyone :)

  20. Angell

    February 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Dog can cause death. Rabies is fatal that can cause your child to get killed. I don’t think that it’s advisable for a kid to have a dog.

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      Harleena Singh

      February 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Welcome to the blog Angel!

      Death can be caused by anything, and when it has to come, there is nothing that can stop it. So, we can’t really blame others or dogs for causing death as such.

      Yes rabies can be fatal indeed, but if we have our dogs properly vaccinated and cared for there’s no reason for them to face any problems whatsoever.

      In fact, it’s scientifically proven that dogs are best friends to humans and that also includes kids!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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