Purrfect Pets with Sam from Travelling with our Kids
My Purrfect Pets Series focuses on different bloggers and their families – including their furry family of course! We all have different lives and I find it amazing to get a glimpse into other peoples homes and connect with them on all levels so I put them under the grill and ask them some questions. As a pet lover myself, I’m always keen to investigate how other people are doing it. This is a pet-positive series that any families with a pet of any kind can take part in, send me an email if you’re interested in being the next featured purrfect family!
Tell us a little about the animals you have?
In our house there are 2 adults and 2 children (ages 6 and 2). Then the furry kids we have 2 dogs (a lab and a collie) and 3 rabbits (they live outside). My husband didn’t have any pets until he met me. Then we decided to get our first 2 rabbits and then shortly after our lab pup. I have had pets since a young age, which means I find it very abnormal not to have pets in the house etc. I would have more pets but my husband may just divorce me! Ha!
Do you think your children benefit from living in a household with pets?
Yes, definitely. Our boys love their furry siblings! They love helping to feed them and cuddle up with the dogs. They learn so much from them and both our boys have a lovely bond with our lab.
How much more hectic does it make your day to have pets to look after as well as the family?
I wouldn’t say it makes it anymore hectic as we are so use to it now. I find it very strange after being on holiday and we haven’t picked the dogs up yet. Its too quiet! However, there is no such thing as a lie in when there are dogs to be walked and rabbits to be fed/cleaned.
What would you say is the most challenging thing about having your pets?
When they are ill and pass away. I’m a blubbering mess every time, and it doesn’t get any easier. I’m dreading when our lab passes away as our boys have such a great bond with him that I don’t think I could be strong for them.
What would you say is the best thing about having your pets?
The love and company. Having them come find you for cuddles after a long day at work is great. They always want to cuddles up and even when your sad they know and come and make you happy.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is thinking about adding a pet to their family?
Research! A pet is for life and not just for Xmas. If you are thinking of getting your child a pet make sure they are definitely going to look after it all the time. Most children get bored after a month or two and then its up to the parents to keep up with the care. Make sure you can afford food, housing, vet bills etc. Add up the monthly costs before you go and buy a pet.
Lastly, if you do go ahead and buy a pet, look into adoption as there are so many abandoned animals out there that can give so much love!