The best pets are those that make great companions.

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Why do we have or desire to have a pet?

What is the right pet for a person?

What about children having pets?

Can owning a pet teach responsibility or something else?

cani-gatti-animali-domesticiThe best pets are those that make great companions. There are many different types of pets that could be right for you and be a wonderful complement to your life. Your pet choice should be based on what sort of animal suits your personality, works best with your lifestyle, and matches your needs.   The perfect pet will be unique to you and finding it can be a fun and rewarding experience.   I have heard many different stories of about how people came to own their pets, and how they have changed their lives for the better.  They are very passionate with their feelings of love and devotion and speak of their pets as if they were members of the family.  For all purposes they truly are members of the family.  And as such just as the human members of the family need to go to the doctor for check-ups, the family pet needs to go a doctor especially for them (a veterinarian).

Not every animal may be right for you.  The needs and temperaments of animals vary greatly, as do those of the people who keep them.Child Reading a Book For example, some animals are better suited to pet keepers living in small quarters, such as apartments. Others will do best on very large properties, or where they have lots of room to romp and play, and many pets fall somewhere in the middle.   Many people prefer to have what is termed a pure-bred pet with papers to show their pedigree.   To others it doesn’t matter, they love their pet even it is what is termed a mutt.

Whether it’s a commonly kept pet such as a dog, cat or goldfish, a colorful and talkative parrot, or perhaps a scurrying lizard, goats, sheep or even a fun-loving potbellied pig, the animal you choose can bring you years of entertainment and happiness. A person who loves horses needs a large piece or property for the horse to thrive on and for exercise.   In the United States, it’s rare but not unheard of for people to own Emu’s and other exotic animals.

There apartments/condominiums  that have restrictions on pets, while others allow pets each one varies and one needs to check out them out prior to settling on the community. If you move into a place that allows animals there are sometimes size and weight restrictions on the dog or cat you might be allowed.   But no such limitations on other types like a bird, or fish.

abbandono-animali-numero-verdeSomething important that should be considered that if allowing a child to choose the type of pet they have, they should be held responsible for the care of the pet.   Cleaning, feeding it, and taking it for walks.    Unfortunately too many pets get forgotten and neglected and end-up in shelters for pets.   It hurts to see pictures of these neglected and abandoned animals; they have a lot of love to give someone, and just need the right home to be in.   Fortunately there are plenty of people that will foster and love them.   A friend of mine adopted a littlemeno-abbandoni-cani--470x200 Chihuahua from a rescue shelter last year and has thrived, because of being in a good loving environment, and over the summer they will be adopting another little Chihuahua from another shelter.   Even in my family many of my relatives have pets (most of which are some breed of dog).  Caring for a pet is a big responsibility. Teaching your children how to take care of and look after a pet can be a good way for them to be involved in their care. However, it requires effort on the part of the parents to teach children how to be kind to animals and give them the care and love they need.

leggi-sulla-tutela-degli-animali_8573a49210a897066b744b068c910e25The first tip is to give children some duties regarding their pet.  They could feed them or be involved in activities, like playing with the animal, taking them outside for a walk, or giving them a bath. Participating in their care will help to instill a feeling of responsibility in children. Never allow your children to tease or harass any pets or other animals; this can be dangerous for both parties. It is important to teach children how to respect, love, care and be sensitive to animals.  Adults should always guide children towards discovering that having a pet is a wonderful experience. It teaches them how to be responsible and how to care for another living thing.

Growing up between my brother and I, we’ve had our share of pets. We have had goldfish, hamsters, even a little puppy dog.


But I think that the most different type of pets that we had was that I had a pet canary (who always sang so beautifully) and my brother had a pet Dutch breed rabbit (which I ultimately ended up caring for).   One of the unique things about the rabbit was that we had a leash for it and took it for walks in the yard.   People stopped and looked when we took Hershey for a walk (light brown and white Dutch breed rabbit); they expected to see a cat or a dog, but never a rabbit at the end of a leash!!!  It made for some interesting conversations.   My brother’s family has a variety of pets themselves now, several cats, a dog, fish, guinea pig and hamster.

Kathy Kiefer