April 27, 2010

On furry siblings

I had heard that sometimes adopted babies from China have never seen dogs and have never seen grass.  Therefore, the transition to being around dogs and sitting in grass can be traumatic or at least tear-inducing.

We just didn't have that experience with Keira...


with the dogs

or with the grass




and let's just say that Quint didn't either...thank goodness


...and say what you will about having pets, keeping dogs or cats or whatever.  I won't debate the benefits of children having pets - because they are many.  Many. I also won't debate the type of pet you keep (read: type of dog). 

But our two dogs and even our elderly kitty bring a very gentle component to our kids' learning - about how to care for others and how to be gentle and kind to all creatures.


I think it's working just fine...






6 comments :

Cora said...

Our pets have been a great comfort in our wait and I truly believe they are waiting for their kids (the dogs at least). I see the dogs interact with other children and I can not wait of see how our babies and our furry ones get along. The Cat might just choose to come around after bed time and he is going to hate giving up his room :0)

julie said...

It's very true. Love the pictures.

Kim said...

LOVE IT..
Love me some fur-babies..
Man.. I just love those two babies.. they are toooo dang CUTE...
Love ya

Lesa said...

The children are just adorable!!

Valerie said...

Amen!

I think it is a great way to teach about love, tolerance, empathy, patience and selflessness, and it's good for the kids too!

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday!

Love V

Shannon said...

What an adorable dog! Gigi loves dogs. She makes little doggie sounds whenever she sees one. Her experience with grass on the other hand, was quite funny. We video taped it because it was so funny. She didn't cry, she simply would not put her feet down. She did "the splits" and held her feet in the air in order to avoid touching the grass. She is so much fun!! Blessings.