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July Blog 2023: Pets in the family

July 4, 2023



Pets in the family


Children believe pets to be amongst the most important beings in their lives.

They offer comfort and emotional support and are confidantes. A pet is a shared family experience.



The benefits of keeping pets

Pets are like any other member of the family and have a big impact on a child. A positive relationship with a pet can help children with all areas of development, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Playing with animals can reduce stress and anxiety.

Pets are living creatures, and teach children important life lessons including birth, ageing, and death.


Taking part in routines like walking the dog or feeding the fish can give a child the sense of responsibility. These interactions provide many new sensory experiences! From touching fur to watching animal behaviour, pets open a whole new sensory world.

The best part of owning a pet is that they love unconditionally and are great fun.


Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.

George Eliot


Books to share about pets


  • Bad Dig Marley by John Grogan and Richard Cowdrey (HarperCollins)
  • Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham (Red Fox)
  • Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins)
  • Madlenka’s Dog by Peter Sis (Farra Straus & Giroux)
  • Dogs by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
  • All About Cats: Fantastically Funny Rhymes by Frantz WittKamp and Alex Scheffler (Macmillan)
  • Invent-a-Pet by Vicky Fang and Tidawan Thaipinnarong (Sterling)
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd (Puffin)
  • Courtney by John Burningham (Red Fox)
  • Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson (Atheneum)


Cat and dog photo by Andrew S on Unsplash


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