Is his dog.
I have been posting quite a number of entries already about the Lucas-Nuggets friendship. Every time we visit Mama’s house, it’s that fur ball who greets us. You can hear its bark the moment we park in front of the house and call out Mama’s name. The happiest to see Nuggets is, of course, the Little Jedi.
Lucas grows fonder and fonder of the little dog. During our stay over the Holy Week and last week, I would see him sitting beside Nuggets and mumbling stuff. I swear, I think they are having a conversation of sorts.
He even lets Nuggets give him a kiss. A wet one!
Lucas likes to feed Nuggets. In fact, he’d give his cookie or biscuit to an anticipating, but grateful dog. He likes playing fetch with his furry friend. He’d throw Nuggets’ squeaky toy and the little dog will fetch as fast as its short legs could. Oh you should hear Lucas laugh! It’s the funniest and most joyful tone I’ve heard from him!
I was telling Mike that Lucas is really happy when he’s at Mama’s because if Nuggets. He rarely throws tantrums even if we take the phone or tab away from him. I personally think kids should grow up with a pet. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others. A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.”
Having a pet at home helps a child develop a sense of responsibility, respect for another living creature and nature, and teaches a child about the cycle of life. Of course having a pet opens an avenue for physical activities. It also introduces to a child the feeling of love, trust and friendship.
Now before you go out and buy a pet for your kids, you have to be prepared for it physically, emotionally and psychologically. Not everyone can take care of a pet. Some people may have a heart for animals but it takes a different discipline and commitment when you have a pet. It is like taking care of a child. Consider what you can do and what you are not willing to do for a pet. Even a pet as simple as a turtle need the right kind of caring to survive. If your household is not yet ready to have a pet, then a trip to the zoo will also teach your kids to love and respect animals.
Do you have a pet at home? 🙂