A first pet can teach a child so much about responsibility. They offer emotional support, companionship, protection and some studies suggest pets can improve the physical health of kids. Kids and animals alike benefit for each other’s company. Tell us about your first pet and the happy memories you had together?
Today there are many laws which regulate what animals you can and can’t keep in your home. Whereas in the past, the laws seemed a bit more lax in the pet department. Did you have any unusual pets growing up? Or did you always dream of having a certain pet but weren’t allowed to have it?
In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 1994, there were almost as many domestic pets in Australia as people! Two in every five households owned a dog and once in every four owned cat. As well, the RSPCA stated that Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. About 63% of Australian households own pets. This means there was an estimated 25 million pets in Australia. Common pets include, birds, fish, dogs, and cats. Some of the more unusual pets were spiders, frogs and peacocks.
What was your first pet? Do you have a pet still?