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Of Hermit Crabs and Dogs

Yesterday, I spent some time with my family. One of the highlights of the evening was the neighbor's shitzu running inside the apartment and driving Sam nuts. Sam loves pets and he was sitting on the bed when the dog came running. Sam couldn't believe his eyes and just stared for a while. That dog was adorable although I think it needs some dog training sessions.

Anyhow, it got me thinking about how pets can help Sam - and other kids - in their development. Sam used to have a tiny hamster, which he loved to touch. Now he has two hermit crabs, which he also loves to play with.

Growing up, we had a menagerie around us, and I think that that was an experience that every kid should experience. But maybe I am biased. Are city kids missing out on having pets around them? What are your experiences with pets?


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