Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Why Pets Help Kids

They serve as comforters, teachers, listeners and friends.

Children love their pets—and for good reason. Creatures both large and small teach, delight and offer a special kind of companionship.

Everyone knows that kids love animals. They permeate childhood media. In real life, an estimated 4 in 10 children begin life in a family with domestic animals, and as many as 90 percent of all kids live with a pet at some point during their childhood, says Gail F. Melson, Ph.D., professor emeritus of developmental studies at Purdue University and the author of Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children.

The amount of money we spend on pets has nearly doubled in the past decade, rising to more than $38 billion, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. That figure dwarfs the toy business ($23 billion) and candy industry ($24 billion).  Read the entire article.

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