Growing up, we always had a family pet. We had dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, a turtle, and fish. So when the time came to start my own family, I knew it was going to include pets in some capacity. Pets have enriched my life so much and I knew, without a doubt, that they would have the same effect on my own children.
About six weeks ago, we welcomed our fourth child Silver and it was the first time our adopted cats (who we got about a year ago) have been around a newborn. I wasn’t sure how things would go but to my delight, they’ve been curious and gentle. I am excited to see the cats and Silver increase their bond as they get older and Silver gets more aware of their presence. I look forward to seeing Silver’s first smile when he looks over at his cat and the amazing wonder that will spread across his face. Silver and Ariel (the cat pictured) are already inseparable. She sleeps beside us at night towards the end of the bed and she’s so protective of him already. I predict they will be quite the pair when he gets older and I can’t wait.
There’s just something about young kids and their pet buddies that will make even the most anti-pet parent think twice about giving a loving pet a home. Case in point, the video below! It’s even got me reconsidering my position on having dogs in our house. (My older daughter has been asking for her own puppy.)
Check out this little girl, who clearly loves her dog so much. She finds even the most mundane things fascinating — which tends to happen when you’re in love. Her dad is just off camera filming the whole experience and it’s magic.
Photo credit: © Devan McGuinness
Video credit: ToddleTale | YouTube; standard YouTube license
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