Buying a Dog vs. Having a Kid

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*** Should pets be considered children or property? “Many dogs are treated as members of the family with whom they live,” Danyliuk said in his ruling. “But after all is said and done, a dog is a dog. At law it is property, a domesticated animal that is owned. At law it enjoys no familial rights.” Read more

*** Buying a Dog vs. Having a Kid: A Cost Breakdown
Although the overall first-year cost to own a dog is less than the cost to have a baby, there are other expenditures you need to consider.Dogs with extensive health issues might require more medical attention, which means more money will need to be spent on medications or veterinary visits. Then again, the same is true for babies. Read more

*** Children Are More Attached To Pets Than To Siblings, Says Study (And Anyone With Siblings). “Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people,” lead author Matt Cassells explained in a press release. Read more

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*** Don’t dress your dog up like a toy or a child, it’s bad for their skin and can give them FLEAS.The most common skin complaints were dermatitis, otitis and fleas, while the West Highland White Terrier is the breed most susceptible to skin diseases.Read more

*** Therapy dog Trooper helps children overcome abuse
(WEAR) — The Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a place where suspected child abuse victims go for medical exams, therapy sessions and law enforcement interviews all under one roof. It’s a big mission, with a large, involved staff.

Don’t forget Trooper. The 7-year-old Sheltie shows up four to five days a week, 9:00 a.m. sharp until 4:30 pm.
“I thought, my dog should work if I work. He was getting kind of bored at home,” explained Tip McAlpin, Trooper’s owner.Read more

*** Study: Family Pets Boost Child Development “The scientific evidence investigating the benefits to children and adolescent development looks promising. We dug deep into that evidence to understand which potential benefits were most strongly supported. Ultimately, this will enable us to know more about how pets provide young people with emotional, educational and social support.” Read more



*** Can cats be trusted around babies? Many myths warn about cats and babies, but are they true? Cats definitely need to be kept away from infants sleeping in their cribs, but when the child becomes more mobile, it’s time to teach him or her how to treat the kitty. Read more

circa 1956: A toddler holding a Siamese cat. (Photo by Nocella/Three Lions/Getty Images)

*** Saying Your Dog Is Your “Baby” Is an Insult to Moms Everywhere Your puppy is not your child, so stop saying that he is. I have three children now, and I know this for certain — kids and dogs are not same. Read more

*** Pet vs. sibling: Research points to surprising findings “While boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, girls reported more disclosure, companionship, and conflict with their pet than did boys, perhaps indicating that girls may interact with their pets in more nuanced ways,” Cassels noted. Read more

*** A Mother’s Love: Brain’s Response to Child vs Dog “Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of humans,” co-lead author of the study Lori Palley said in a statement.Read more

*** Families with autistic children find it beneficial to have pet dogs
The study also found out that a pet dog can reduce the number of dysfunctional interactions between the parents and the child, and improve functioning within the family as a whole. Read more

*** 12 reasons to have a dog instead of a kid 1) Always glad to see you when you come home
2) They think riding in the car is better than Disneyland
3) Will never tell you they hate you
4) Can be bribed with small amounts of food
5) Will always eat their dinner Read more