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Thursday, May 03, 2012

What Kids Can Learn From Having Pets

Photo courtesy of The Huffington Post

You know, we don't put those adorable photos of babies sleeping with their furry siblings or children romping with their dog in the great outdoors on our blog just because it's cute (although we think those photos are adorable!) We post them on Bocci's Beefs because we believe that the connection between animals and young children, even infants, is magical. Parental Unit can't even imagine her life as a child  without her dogs and cats, nor can she imagine what her life would be like now without those glorious memories and photos. Take her cat, Fat Albert, for instance. On her walk home from grade school each day, she would whistle and call his name, and there he'd come, trotting up the street a few blocks to meet her and walk her home-everyday. And she still has a rather large picture of her first dog, Benjie, (a Miniature Schnauzer) sitting on her dresser, and remembers vividly how much comfort he so willingly gave her after her father died suddenly when she was a teenager.

So we hope you enjoy this list complete with slideshow, compiled by contributors to the Huffington Post, of their non-scientific assessment of the myriad ways children benefit from having pets in their lives.

Feel free to add to this list-we'd love to know about what you think the benefits of raising children with pets might be, or to hear your personal stories.
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