"Mommy, let's buy an angel fish."
"Daddy, I want a bunny...now!"
"Mommy, let's get a new doggie and I'll name him Buster."
The kids actually said those words.
Since we moved to our current abode two years ago, with our pet poodle in tow, our home has never been lacking of some friendly creatures of all shapes and sizes.
I grew up with a couple of dogs and they made great playmates for me and my bother, and as guard dogs too! Now that I have kids of my own, I also wanted them to have a similar experience with having their own pets to care for and play with. So here's our pet gallery:
SUSHI. Our first family pet. He is a red toy poodle.
RED, the Fighting Fish. And RED-2.
We also had several tropical fishes that came and went.
HERMIT Crabs, Big one and Small one.
SKYLER and RENEE, the bunnies.
I was hesitant at first. I was just not ready to take care of another walking animal. But hubby had pet rabbits when he was younger so I trusted him to know more about caring for these adorable creatures. We got the pair last April.
These bunnies proved to be so irresistible, especially for my girl who loves to feed them with green leafy veggies. But no luck for her brown bunny Renee (4th photo), who did not last a month. We suspected diarrhea. Bunny rabbits need companions, and so no time to grieve. He was quickly replaced.
Here's Renee-2, a look-a-like (below) with a white streak on his head. This one also croaked after a few weeks! We're still figuring out if the white bunny, who's grown bigger now, has anything to do with these series of unfortunate events. In the meantime, no replacement for Renee-2.
Having a house pet (or pets) brings a lot joy to any welcoming family. Kids will learn to be responsible for caring and nurturing the pet. It will teach them to be sensitive and gentle. It will teach them respect and friendship. But having one is also a big responsibility for the children, as well as the adults. Parents and kids cannot simply decide on a whim, and here are some points you should consider before bringing home a pet:
- Age of the child - small children must be supervised, older kids should be taught proper pet care
- Safety - kids' safety from animals that may bite or sting, and animal's safety under living conditions you will provide
- Allergies that any family member may have - animal hair/fur may aggravate your condition
- What kind of animal would fit your household - allocate enough space, indoor or outdoor, neighbor concerns
- Cost of caring for the chosen pet - food, shelter/cage, bedding, toys, vet, etc.
- Time you can spend with the pet - time to feed, to play and interact, to groom, to clean cages, etc.
- Animal life-span - how to deal or prepare when losing a pet
If live animals are not your thing, then the stuffed ones can still deliver some cuddle factor.
Aren't they cute? Stuffed replicas of Skyler and Renee that the kids go to bed with.
What's your pet? Or are you ready for one?
You may also want to read my dedicated post for our late poodle Sushi here.
More about rabbits as pets here.
Caring tips for hermit crabs here.
Aquatic pets / Fish:
Ground Floor, The Promenade
Wilson cor. P. Guevarra St.
Dogs, Rabbits, and more:
Bio Research Pet Store
- SM Megamall
- Lost Eden Park, Sucat Road, Parañaque