Information on dogs for kids
How important is for a child to have a dog? I have heard this question discussed by many parents. Many have said that it is just not that important. Others disagree.
In my childhood, I did not have a dog. It was something I always wanted, but we always had cats. It didn’t really matter that I was severely allergic to them.
It wasn’t until I got married that I got my first dog. Actually, my wife owned the dog, and the pretty little dog came with her. I adored her. I liked my wife too.
Misty was a well-behaved dog and could do a lot of tricks. She was a hit anytime we had people over to our house.
We relocated from Nashville to Knoxville in Tennessee to Cheshire, CT. Of course, she went with us.
We took a lot of trips in New England – to Cape Cod, to a chalet in Vermont, to the Maine coastline, and many others. We traveled back to Nashville each year to visit my parents and my wife’s parents. Misty was always with us. I think that my parents were happier to see Misty than me.
At age 13, Misty began having health problems. It was about that time that we adopted our son from Colombia in South America.
When we returned to the U.S., Misty was still having health problems. Her congestive heart failure worsened. We were then told by our veterinarian that Misty must be put down.
I must say that this was the saddest day of my life and still is. I remember burying her in our backyard. I was crying so much that I could barely see what I was doing.
My wife and I will never forget Misty. We still think of her. We didn’t get another dog for several years.
I’m sorry to bother you with this sad story. Although I was not a child when I had Misty, she had a profound impact on the lives of me and my wife.
I read an excellent article in TheDogFiles.com. It was entitled,” American Humane Association Survey Reveals Grief Of Losing Childhood Pets Carries Over Into Adulthood.” It presents interesting information about dogs for kids.
It is an excellent article. It discusses a survey by the American Humane Association and the surprising relationship that kids have with their pets during their childhood.
Here is a quote from the article by Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association:
“Experiences with a childhood pet remain throughout a person’s lifetime and showcase the transformative power of the human-animal bond and the amazing role that animals play in the lives of children,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “Animals in our lives help to create the social network that is a cornerstone of creating humane communities. As the nation’s first humane organization, our unique dual mission is to improve the welfare, wellness and well-being of both children and animals. We are pleased to share the results of this survey as an important step for future work to assess and understand the world of people, pets and the inextricable link we share.”
The entire article can be read here.
Have you ever investigated information about dogs for kids? I feel that it is important for a child to have a pet. I think it is also very important for there to be a healthy relationship between dog and child. I would greatly appreciate you telling us any experience you have had related to this topic.