Pets – Dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, fish etc. They come in all shapes and sizes and we love them all. What about you? Does your family have a pet?
In our house we have three pets:
We have two pet dogs, Coco and Charlie who we adore.
We have had our Guinea pigs for about six years now and Zak was really upset saying goodbye to one of our furry friends as you can imagine. We held a little burial ceremony in our back garden (although he didn’t actually watch us bury the poor piggie) and he laid a few flowers and carved an ‘R’ into the wood planter where we buried her. It was quite touching and emotional.
As a parent, I’ve really struggled to deal with this issue of death. Zak has been asking lots of questions; things like does it hurt to die, did his piggie go to pet heaven, will he ever see her again etc. When your child is distressed it’s your natural instinct as a parent to comfort them and to try to fix whatever is upsetting them. Only in this case, it’s death. I can’t fix this one and I don’t have the answers. I guess this is one of the major downsides of having a pet but in a way it’s also a positive because it’s introduced Zak to the concept of death and grief in a gentle way. I wish I could protect him from it forever but I can’t so maybe it’s better to learn about it this way.
What do you think, is it worth having a family pet? How do you handle those difficult conversations with the kids? I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment below