Kids and animals share an incredible, almost magical, bond. Over the years, many books, movies, and television shows have featured this special bond as s central theme. So what’s the “big deal” with kids and pets?
Kids and pets both have an almost limitless ability to love and be loved. They both help adults see the world from a fresh perspective. Everything is new and exciting to them. They find joy in the simplest of days. The world needs more of that.
Pets give kids comfort. No matter what kind of day they’ve had, when a child walks through the door at home and gets an enthusiastic pet greeting, their day is guaranteed to just get better. And the highlight of a let’s day is when their best buddy gets home.
Last year our son, Noah, really wanted to adopt a rescue dog. We had experienced a traumatic year, and we took it as a positive sign that he felt ready for a dog of his own. He’s a responsible kid, and we felt he was up to the challenge.
After a lot of prayer and searching, we found a delightful rescue pup in Savannah. We went to meet tiny fellow and it was love at first sight for the whole family.
A few days later, we picked him up and Noah named him Manny Dude. They quickly became best buddies. Manny has been a blessing for all of us.
Pets also are a living, breathing way to teach kids responsibility and about caring for others. Pets depend on their people for their very survival. (A note of caution here–don’t adopt a pet unless you, as the adult, are willing to help with the care of it, in case your kids gets slack.)
Pets teach their people the meaning of loyalty. No matter what people in your life let you down, you are still your pet’s hero. There is a lot of joy in the simplicity of that.
Unfortunately, some families can’t have a pet due to allergies or living situations. In that case, kids can still be involved with animals. Many rescues and animal shelters allow you to “virtually” adopt an animal. Many kids collect donations for their local animal shelter during the holidays or in lieu of birthday presents. If allergies aren’t a problem, volunteer as a family at pet adoption events. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a lot of happiness to your heart.
Pets adds lot of fun to the lives of their human family members. They are living creatures that depend on their people, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. But the reward of having a pet is something special to be cherished forever.
Do you have a special furry friend in your life? Leave a comment below to tell us about them!