Partners In Learning Blog Team

Partners In Learning Blog Team
Blog Team

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


For many of us, pets are an important part of our lives.  I have enjoyed the companionship of a family pet most of my life.  A gentle and loyal German Shepard, a trouble-making thief of a cat named Alex and a small terrier-mix with an extremely large personality are to name a few of the animals that have kept my secrets, demonstrated endless patience with me and loved me unconditionally. 
Here are some benefits of owning a family pet:

• Taking care of a pet can help children develop social skills.

• Developing positive feelings about pets can contribute to a child's self-esteem and self-confidence.

• Positive relationships with pets can aid in the development of trusting relationships with others.

• A good relationship with a pet can also help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.

• They provide a connection to nature.

• They can teach respect for other living things.

• They can be safe recipients of secrets and private thoughts--children often talk to their pets, like they do their stuffed animals.

• Physical activity

The Scottish terrier featured in this blog is our 11-year-old dog, Bailey.  (This time of year, though, she is also known as Noel, Santa’s Christmas dog.)

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