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Children Need Animals!

I’ve been lax when it comes to posting lately.  It’s so much easier to just share a snapshot I took with my BlackBerry than to download the photos off my card, pick one, edit it, then upload it.  It takes me roughly three times longer to share a nice picture vs the snapshots.  LOL  I’ve had my good camera out quite a bit lately… but I haven’t actually shared anything I’ve taken.  Not because there hasn’t been anything worth sharing, there’s been a lot that I’ve been really happy with.  I’m just too exhausted at the end of the day to do a whole lot.  For that, I’m sorry.  Sometimes sleep is just more important than sharing.  LMAO

So today.

Children need animals.  I really do believe that a childhood without animals is like a broccoli salad without the broccoli… sure you can have everything else in there that you should have, but it’s just not right without the broccoli.  I know kids who have grown up without animals in their lives, and they turned out fine…  but why settle for fine when fantastic is within reach!

The benefits of growing up surrounded by animal family members have been documented again and again.  There are physical health benefits, psychological health benefits…  you can read the literature, there’s tons out there.  What it all boils down to though, is that sharing our lives with animal companions is simply good for us.  I can’t imagine a better way for a child to learn love, for a child to learn empathy and compassion, for a child to learn that sometimes our own desires need to be put on hold to help those who depend on us, than for a child to simply live these things every day.  And I know no better teacher than a dog.  Okay, yes… cats, birds, rats, turtles, etc. are great too.  LOL

Animals simply make our lives rich.  For those of us who are truly devoted to our animal families they also leave us cash poor, but they are so worth it.  And I cannot imagine having my daughter grow up any other way, than surrounded with the love and devotion of a family full of fur.

Puppy Love!

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