While children need to socialise with other kids, they can also benefit in many ways by interacting with pets. Here’s how your child can benefit from a pet at home.
By Anusha Vincent
As an ‘only child’ to my parents, I am often subject to those wretched ‘tch tch’ noises that people insist on inundating me with. Sans sibling, they all mistakenly assume my life must’ve resembled the Thar – dry, barren, boring. Well, far from it, I grew up in a world populated by flappy ears, sloppy kisses, wet noses, playful bites, wagging tails, the patter of paws and… love unlimited. I grew up in a world (which, at one point, comprised seven cats, two parrots, a few chickens, 15–30 rabbits and 11 dogs) in which I was always surrounded by at least five pawed and clawed loyal subjects who’d patiently listen to my tall tales. They played king, queen, prince and princess in my elaborate plays. When I was given a telling to by my folks, my precious pooches would crowd around me and comfort me – they would even refuse to heed my parents’ commands for the rest of the day. And, my sick days never really felt sick, simply because of the company I was in.
Fast forward to now, I still look forward to coming back home to my beloved pet/s every morning, when I leave home for work. So, if anyone should write a piece on the benefits of having a pet at home, I decided it’d have to be me!
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