Is a dog the best pet for your family?
Other animals may be better fit for your home
Pets in a family can reduce stress and depression, providing a source of unconditional love in a home. However ... is a dog the best animal companion for your family?
Dogs are loyal and delightful, and provide protection for a home, but require a long term commitment. They require a lot of work and attention, and can be as needy and dependent as a young child. A dog could prove to be an added burden to a mother with several small children to look after, and the man of the house would need to find time from his leisure activities to walk the dog for exercise. The rewards of a faithful dog are great, but requires a lifetime investment.
For a busy family, a fish or a parakeet would be a much wiser choice. They require little care other than daily feedings. Other low-maintenance animals are hamsters, mice and lizards.
Animal experts say that if a family is active, then an active pet, such as a greyhound, Doberman Pinscher or Husky is seen as being best suited. If a family lives in the city or suburb, a cat or small dog would be preferred. Families with young children or babies should choose a pet that is calm and works well with little ones.
Experts also say that allergies are also a major concern, and to make sure the chosen animal is compatible, to spare your family having to give up a beloved pet over health issues.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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