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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 MB 2152251K wk42 advertising feature rejuvenate THE COMPANIONSHIP OF A PET, MANY PARENTS MAY ALREADY HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THEIR DOG OR CAT IS MORE THAN JUST A FURRY FRIEND, IT IS TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN SOME IMPORTANT BEHAVIOURS. International research has shown that taking responsibility for the wellbeing of a pet helps children to treat people and other animals well. University, shows that children with a well-developed sense of empathy and attachment behave better towards other people and animals. "Children that are involved in looking after pets gain a sense of responsibility and an understanding of what it takes to care for an animal, and this helps them to treat others around them with the same sense of care," said Susie Willis from the Petcare Information and Advisory Service. "Having just brought a new puppy into our family, I can see the pleasure our children are getting from taking part in her care. " And it seems that in return for this love and care, pets give back just as much pleasure to the families they are part of. "English research has shown that pets are identified by 95 per cent of children as among the top 10 relationships in their lives," Ms Willis said. Children that are involved in looking after pets gain a sense of responsibility W Think about the amount of time you can put into caring for a pet How much exercise, grooming and play time can you can give them? Having a pet is a big commitment. Dogs and cats usually live till they are around 12, with some living until 15 or more years of age. Will you be a responsible pet owner? Pets require vaccinations, microchipping and desexing. Put some thought into what is the right kind of pet for you. Research the different breeds and crossbreeds. Consider the costs of caring for a pet, including the unexpected costs that still need to be planned for. Think about whether your living arrangements are suitable. For example, a big dog will require a big backyard. Do you already have a pet? Think how they'll cope with having a companion. Think about who'll look after the pet when you're away from home or on holiday. estions conside before etting a pet kids and pets Why do mix[ ]
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