A fun blog about life.. and the finer things;)
by Brooke Russell
I would imagine you'd select a pet by how involved a parent you would like your child to become. Isn't by having pets is how we learn our parenting skills? A turtle or hamster wouldn't require much participation and interaction outside of feeding and keeping the pet's surroundings clean. But a dog...a dog requires and will create opportunities to love, nurture, protect, learn new things, see from another's perspective, maybe see birth and how it happens and all other things important to living. At 9 a child may not be ready for the full responsibility of a dog but may certainly be ready to take on 1 or 2 daily responsibilities.