pets and children
Lezanne - posted on 05/25/2009
thanx all for all your lovely, furry stories! my "zoo" is very small at the moment, with only 2 dogs (a german sheperd and a labrador), a cat, 2 horses and a whole lot of fish. as soon as my son is old enough, and more gentle, we'll get him his own special pet. something different from what we have already.
my children adore the animals, and they are remarkably tolerant. my oldest son, 2yrs 8 months, feeds the dogs by himself, i often walk into the kitchen and see him dishing up their food, only to realise that i had forgotten! my baby, 7, 5 months, is learning to stand by pulling himself up against the shepherd's coat, and she stands rock still for him!
my thoroughbred gelding becomes a little lamb when my son rides him, and is ever the gentleman with him. when he feels his little rider losing his balance, he stops and waits for him to correct himself, and will only walk at a snail's pace with my son. this is the same horse that use to do racing! i often find my son clinging to the horse's legs, standing there chatting to him, and the horse looks down at him with his head turned skew so that he can see him.
i work at boarding kennels, and my son comes with me on weekends, to come help mommy feed the dogs and cats, and is learning a great deal about how to work with all these wonderful, furry friends.
i work with hundreds of different breeds on a daily basis, and can honestly say, if you have the right breed of dog, you can leave your doggie to 'babysit' with ease of mind. if i can't trust my dogs with my children when i'm not there, it means i have to constantly watch them, and then i can't trust them at all. there are some beautiful breeds, but some of them are really not good family dogs!
PS. my cat sleeps with my baby at night, curled up behind his back, and when he wants to turn, she gets up and waits for him to get comfy before she finds a spot for herself again. all my animals are clean, vaccinated, dewormed and deflead, and also have very good manners. having said that, children should also learn how to work with their furry friends, and respect the boudaries!
Joanna - posted on 05/23/2009
i have a 5 year old border collie and while she is a very soppy dog i am very cautious with my son who is 16 months when i am busy and not able to keep my full attention on my son i keep him in his playpen, better safe than sorry. i am a reluctant dog owner my husband wanted to get one and i said no everytime then when i went to stay with my mother-in -law for a couple of weeks he went out and bought the dog!
Shelagh - posted on 05/23/2009
we've had, at various times, a cat, assorted fish, a mouse, two rats, at least two hamsters, four guinea pigs, and a rabbit. As long as you accept that they are your responsibility (which you can of course delegate to the kids as appropriate), everything will be fine. If you expect the kids to take total care of the animal, you'll be bitterly disappointed. Also be aware of getting pets 'too late' - we were left with two fancy rats when one daughter went off to university and obviously couldn't take them with her. Our first cat was supremely tolerant - one day, my daughter came running to me, saying the cat had scratched her. Very unusual, so I asked a few questions. Turns out she'd been trying to throw her down the stairs at the time. A valuable lesson in cause and effect!
Pets are fun to have with kids but I encourage you to never leave your kids alone with any dog. The dog may be the sweetest, gentlest thing going but please never trust them alone with little ones. Do your research before committing to any animal, as to temperament and disposition. And make sure you train the animal and properly socialize it.
We got a boxer puppy when my daughter was about two. They became such good friends i called them the twins. We had a bad snowstorm and I was outside shovelling the walks with the dog and daughter. The daughter took off for the road while my back was turned and the dog chased her down and knocked her into a snowbank just before she got to the road,and stood over her until i got there.
Even though Dog was not quite housebroken at that point, we decided to keep her just because she saved our daughter from being run over. When we finally had to put the dog to sleep due to failing health my kids grieved her terribly, and still do, two years later. remember, a dog is like another kid, and do you really want the extra work?
We had our dogs before we had our son initially they were like our kids. When I fell pregnant I was terrified how they would react around the little one. At first they were terrified of the baby but because we gave them all equal attention and didnt freak out when they would go near the baby they have grown together and are now best of friends. we now have a kitten which I feel is teaching our child responsibilty etc.
We still are very strict hygiene wise as animals are of course animals but I think it has worked very well fur us.
Davina - posted on 05/23/2009
We got our 7yr old a cat for her 4th birthday. He is a large black cat, and our daughter dresses him up in her baby born clothes. You can see that he is not happy about parading around the house in a shiny green jacket but he tolerates it. Our newest daughter is now 7 mths and she also gives the cat a run for his money, she loves grabbing handfuls of his fur. He still comes back to sit with her, funny things aren't they.
I wonder what will happen to our new puppy????
We have 2 cats and our daughter is passionate about them. If they would let her pick them up and carry them around she would. They are a bit aloof and were very distant in the beginning, but now that she is learning to stroke them and not beat them up when she plays with them, they're starrting to tolerate her better. It is easier with one of us around to "help" her stroke them, but she kisses them (when they'll let her) and they also sometimes play with her toys patting them around the living room.
We have never let them sleep in her bed before, but now that she's older they sometimes sneak in and cuddle up to her while she's sleeping. She loves it!
Bethany - posted on 05/23/2009
Hi, Having pets with children is fantastic.It teaches them care and helps develop skills for later on in life and helps them from an early age of grasping the concept of having small duties that they can be responsible for.
I have a small dog and my 6 week old loves watching the contract of her dark fur against the sun. I never leave them along together and she is not allwoed near any of his sleep areas.I love my dog but they can never be fully trusted. but I think its a good idea as long as they are wormed and clean
Becky - posted on 05/23/2009
We got our dachshund, Lexie, when I was pregnant with my 5-year-old. Lexie would lay across my stomach when Kristin would kick, and then she would get up and bark (not ferociously, but more excitedly) at my stomach. When I came home from the hospital with Kristin, Lexie seemed to know exactly who that was, because even though I still looked pregnant, she didn't try to lay on my belly anymore. She would get down with her chin close to the ground and her front elbows bent down and slide across the floor and take her chin and carefully set it on Kristin's stomach when she played on the floor. Kristin would giggle and squirm, and Lexie would sit up proudly, like, "I made my baby laugh!" Lexie has always had a very special, protective bond with Kristin, in that she didn't want anyone but me to pick up "her baby." She still sleeps right on Kristin's feet, and sits very still beside her when she's reading out loud, and gets visibly irritated with me when I come back from taking Kristin to school, because I'm returning without "her baby." It's very sweet!
Phyllis - posted on 05/22/2009
My 5 year old grandson lives with us, we have a 3 year old german shepherd and he and my daughter have a 1 year old eskimo spitz. The spitz barks constantly at every noise, my grandson will wrestle with the spitz and if he gets to mouthy and playfully biting the german shepherd steps in and takes over protecting my grandson. It's wonderful for him to have his two best friends in the world be 2 dogs! They will never hurt his feelings, they will never betray him and they will be there for him through thick and thin. Every child needs that love and attention in their lives.
Christine - posted on 05/22/2009
well i have a half pitbull half lab mix, and he is about 90 lbs.. my daughter is only 43 lbs.. she rides him like a horse, pulls his tail, his ears ,his whiskers, his paws, shoves her feet in his mouth her hands in his mouth, smacks him, and he just sits there and takes it...he doesnt have to but he wants too... its hysterical...
Jessica - posted on 05/22/2009
My son is 3 and has grown up around our 2 cats. When he started to get mobile we were worried he would torment the cats. But he's actually been very good with them. But we've taught him to be nice to them. Now he tries to pick the cats up and carry them and it's so funny to see b/c my one cat just takes it. The other one runs every time he comes near her but then again she's always been scared of him even before he could crawl or walk
Gabrielle - posted on 05/22/2009
I have this great video of my daughter as a baby and my pug (we also have a ridgeback/shepherd mix). My daughter was about 1yo and sitting in her exersaucer. When she bounced it would play music and animal sounds. The pug started barking at it and she started giggling, which made it bounce more. The video is so funny (music, barking, giggling, music, barking, giggling, etc).
My daughter (almost 3yo now) also likes to repeat our disciplinary comments to the dogs. She will yell at them, "Loki, get out chitchen (kitchen)" or "Loki, you go poop on grasss! So sad." That last one she said just this last week and it totally cracked me up. She likes to hold the leashes on walks, too, and the pug is a pain so we let her walk the 70 lb shepherd-mix. We get some looks for that.
She loves to play with the dogs and they enjoy wrestling with her, too. I think it's great for her to see the responsibilities involved, help feed and water them, etc, and see hwo much we love them, and eventually it will be a lesson for her on the impermanence of life. I think all kids should have a pet.
Mel - posted on 05/22/2009
having children and pets is great mine loves our puppy and kitten. she has pulled our dogs chin hair so hard she yelped when she was crying as a newborn and grabbed her foot from the top of her couch and pulled her onto the floor. its really good watching them play together as the dog plays tug of war so soft with her and lets her win with us shes very rough
Ruth - posted on 05/22/2009
We have a cat and 3 rabbits. Apart from feeding the cat, she sort of looks after herself. The rabbits take more looking after and that's where the children take over. I think it teaches children responsibility for another living creature but also that other creatures have feelings and deserve respect.
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