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Infants, Young Children & Pets - A Dangerous Scenario?

Updated on May 4, 2011

The Family Pet - Friend or Foe?

I have often read about and heard of parents who are starting families or have very young children in the household being concerned about how the family dog or cat will behave when a new child arrrives or is introduced into a home. I am sure urban legends abound about these once gentle pets becoming wild beasts, attacking children and causing terror in their households. Of course, nobody wants a "Cujo Kitty" roaming their home! But the next time you hear someone deciding to get rid of their pet(s) when having a baby or already have very young children in the home....Show them the photos below of our animal friends!

People will know how large your heart and soul are by the way you treat animals!    



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    • Knightheart profile image

      Knightheart 6 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      I used to volunteer at an animal shelter and saw many sweet dogs, cats, and other critters left there becaust the families were expecting a baby soon, or just had a baby! It just broke my heart to see these animals abandoned! Some were with the family for many years and still, they were discarded like yesterday's newspaper. What a tragedy.

      Thanks for sharing that story. Dogs and cats are keenly aware of things around them, especially when something is wrong. I have read many stories about cats and dogs alerting their owners when fire breaks out, or staying very close when their owners are ill or dieing! Whoever said animals don't have feelings or love is a nutcase!

      Thank your for you comment and story!!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      In our family my parents always had dogs and cats and they were just a part of the family. They even protected us! Example: Once when my youngest brother wandered off (we lived in the country) my parents German Shephard stayed with him and my mother located him by her calling and Sheba (the dog) barking in reply.

      Cute pictures!