If your kid is anything like mine, s/he wants a pet. Lucky for me, my neighbor have the adorable chihuaua Maximus that we can all borrow when the need gets too great. I’ve taught my kids to sit and commune with the dog, and other pets they encounter. I marvel at the patience they have deveoped by sitting and waiting for the animal to come to them, instead of rushing to pet. Much can be learned from that in how we treat humans as well….Coach Jo


National Kids and Pets Day is observed annually on April 26th

¨National Kids and Pets Day is both a day to celebrate the bonds children and pets can share and a day remember safety where our pets and children are concerned.

There are many benefits from having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a life long impact on a child’s development.

It is also important to remember that small children as well as the pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.¨