– When your child tells you he’s the “only one” without a pet, he may be right-almost. An estimated 90 percent of children in Western culture live with a pet at some time during their childhood.
– Some studies indicate that children who are bonded to a pet may display greater levels of empathy with humans; they may also be more apt to develop helping or altruistic behaviors, positive self-concept, and personal independence.
– Children report that they confide in pets and that pets serve as important sources of comfort.
– For children, interaction with pets is not just “practice” for human relation- ships; animals themselves have importance. The loss of a beloved pet is a significant event for children who are school age or beyond.
Pic of the Day: Big Dog Compilation