Shanaia, our 3 and half year old daughter cheekily asked, “Mama Can we buy a Dog ?” Mama asked why? And she promptly answered, “dogs can catch robbers.” Mama replied with a stern no. Try number two. “Then can we buy a Cat?” Again a big no from Mama. Then may be a parrot. Mama’s “no” were as prompt as the questions.
How about Fishes? This one, Shanaia won with 4-3 . Shanaia had smartly calculated, Fishes were one thing mama definitely loves; if not alive, definitely dead. And that’s when Shanaia knew she had a sealed her first deal, a Pet.
And I was more than eager to ensure to get a fish tank. I had similar conversations with my mom as child. After a long stint of negotiations I was reluctantly allowed to have a fish tank. Graduating from a fish tank I managed to convince my parents to get me a pair of ‘Love birds’. Seeing my passion for pets, one of my uncles had gifted me a pair of ‘Turtles’. And finally for a brief period I had kept ‘White mice’.
By the time Shanaia, grandpa & me were at the pet shop, ‘the child in me’ was revisiting all the special memories I had with all my pets. Growing up with pets was an important experience that I had imbibed. It had inculcated in me a sense of responsibility, love, care, respect for all living beings. The pain & remorse of losing my fishes & love birds prepared me for harsher realities of life as a child, ‘we all are mortals’.
And now while my daughter is growing up, I would love her to grow with her pets .
Yet there are a few important considerations that one needs to keep in mind before buying pets.
- Like the amount of time you or your child and spend to take care in maintaining pets in a responsible way.
- Pets of different kinds are prone to catch infections and also pass it on to humans or in some case trigger pre existing allergies.
- Do a fair amount of research before buying any pet. From traits, care, breed, to knowing where you are going to place the pets in your house.