DUH. I HATE when these articles come out. As any pet/animal lover knows, pets enrich our lives in so many ways. They provide unconditional love and friendship, help relieve stress and lower our blood pressure when we are upset, provide exercise for us when we walk or play with them and, for children, they also help teach children empathy, responsibility. Do I really need to go on? For those who have working dogs, their presence in their people’s lives is undeniable and vital towards helping to lead more productive and happy lives. As for allergy thing, it’s a cop out. While there are exceptions to every rule and I am in no ways belittling or negating them, introducing pets to children at an early age may actually help them build up immunity to allergens — and, of course, there are several breeds of dogs and cats that are “non-allergic.”
The culprit article: Can Fido and Whiskers Enrich Children’s Lives? Tara, your articles are usually spot on and I love to read them but I fear you are a little late to the party here. Better late than never, I suppose.