Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Having a Pet

As you may already know I have a dog called Tilly and 3 cats called Crunchie, Roxy and Lily. We have recently got a tortoise and she is still waiting for a name. Before Tilly I got a puppy for my 7th birthday called Alaska (read about it here). She passed away when she was 12 years old in her sleep. Before the cats we have now we also had Chloe and Thomas.

Thomas has only recently passed away age 13, unfortunately towards the end of his life Tom wasn't very well and as a family we had to make the decision to put him to sleep. He had an amazing life and everyone in our area loved him! They loved him so much, so much that they would let him in their house and he would go to sleep on their sofa.

Alaska


Thomas

Now pet wise our family has experienced almost every pet possible from goldfish to tortoises to rabbits to guinea- pigs and many hamsters. I am obsessed with animals, I'm that friend who tags people in every animal video possible because it's either funny or cute!

There are many benefits when it comes to owning a pet. Some are really random but here they are so if you are trying to convince your parents to get you a pet here is the way to do it.
  • Children who have pets are less likely to have days off school due to illness. This is because growing up with pets can strengthen your immune system and may reduce allergies.  
  • Increases your physical activity. This is with dogs especially as they are more 'high maintenance' than cats. Having a dog means you get to go outside more as they need walking, which means you can get more regular exercise.
  • Having a pet can create social skills. By having a pet you have a automatic conversation starter and hopefully then the conversation will flow, with this skill you may find it easier to socialise and create new friends.
  • If you are home alone having a pet there gives you some comfort. If you are upset or unwell they can make you feel safer and when you go out keep an eye on the house. If you have or want a dog it's always interesting to come home and see what they might have been up to whilst you were gone. 
So if you are trying to convince your parents to get a pet just say it will make you go to school more as you are unlikely to get unwell, however if you do become unwell you then have someone to comfort you when your parents are out at work. Also it will help you make friends by developing communication skills and also helps you keep fit by getting more regular exercise. 


Tilly

Now even though having a pet(s) is honestly the best thing ever it also begins some challenges. Pets can be expensive and take a lot of care and attention so it's unfair if you know you aren't home often enough to give them the care and attention that they need and deserve. 

Hope you found post this helpful! Let me know if you have any pets or would like a pet below. Thanks so much for reading.

Sam x