We added a puppy to our mix of 3 kids, 1 mom, 1 dad and 1 dog a few months ago. Crazy? Maybe, but the bond that Marky has with both of these animals is bigger than I can even explain.
Animals tend to be wonderful friends for children . They do so much more too, they can help with physical and emotional development. Many animals are used as Service and Therapy Pets today too.
Gus & Mojo are so much more then ” just a dog .”
Here a few of the things our dogs help with:
- They offer unconditional love , hugs and kisses at all times.
- They offer exercise , even when the kids don’t know they are getting it. Those runs around the house, and the chasing of balls is sure to add up the burning of calories.
- They offer social interaction. Taking these guys for walks allows my son to answer questions. “What’s his name?” and “Can I pet him?” are just a few.
- They are his companions . They sit with him , watch TV with him, watch him build lego’s and stay by his side all the time.
- They help to build self confidence . He asks them to sit, he asks them to go for a walk. They listen, they smile and he feels proud and in charge .
- They keep him calm. When he becomes upset, they run to him, they want to be held and make him happy. You can see him transform from upset to more at peace.
- They protect him. If I become upset, or raise my voice at home, they run to him to be sure he is ok. The are so aware of his needs.
- NO Judgement. He can be who he is! They love his quirkiness , they don’t make fun of him, they embrace him.
If a dog is not for you, there are other options you can consider as well.
Fish – a fish tanks can be really calming an even provide white noise.
Horses- well, this may not be a pet but can be therapeutic .
Bunny/Hamster- small, in a cage, furry and can teach responsibility too.
Cats- loved by many and easy to care for, lower maintenance than a dog in many ways with many of the same benefits .