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...