Every member of a family can benefit from having a pet in the household, even visiting family members who don’t live there! And the family pet doesn’t need to be an animal. Sometimes a plant or an insect can be your pet, and these work great for people with certain allergies. If you live in an apartment, a fish, hamster or ant-farm can be perfect. But if you’re living on a farm like I used to for many years, a pig, horse or cow can take up the role of family pet!
Why is it so important to have a family pet?
The answer to that question changes with every member of the family. For your young son, the answer might be because he needs someone to wrestle with, and the puppy is perfect for that! For the daughter, the answer might be because she needs an excuse to leave the house and get fresh air, and walking the puppy is perfect for that! For the father, the answer might be that he needs to feel content knowing there is always a great nose keeping guard over the house, and a dog, as we all know, is great for guarding the house at night, acting as an alarm and source of defense. For the mother, the answer might be that she wants something to keep her company when all the children are at school and the husband is at work, and the dog is a great cuddle buddy while she’s folding laundry in the living room.
But never forget, the benefits of having a pet go both ways, and the pet itself is also the recipient of many blessings!