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17 Reasons A Child Should Have A Pet

Here are 17 good reasons to adopt a pet! We hope this list of the valuable experiences that children learn from living with a pet will inspire you to adopt one.

One Reason NOT to Adopt A Pet!

Not too long ago, I attended a meeting where we had to wait awhile for someone caught in traffic. We started talking about our pets. When someone asked Steve if he had a pet, he told us he was thinking of getting his kids a dog but he probably wouldn’t. He said he knew they wouldn’t take care of it and he didn’t want to do it himself.

Were There Dogs on the Titanic

The answer is a resounding yes! First class passengers were allowed to bring their pets and some did! There were at least 10 dogs that can be accounted for on the Titanic, one source says there were 12. The number varies because some passengers hid their dog with them in their cabin instead of revealing they had a dog with them. It’s known that Margaret Hays of New York City, kept her puppy with her. In fact, she hid him under her coat when she got into Lifeboat #7. Who knows how many other canine stow-aways were on board?

Hearts of the Ocean

The DOGS OF THE TITANIC is the world’s first tribute to the 10 dogs known to be on board the doomed ship.
Museum pays permanent tribute to Titanic’s ill-fated passengers. By Carol Bryant Published in Fido Friendly magazine April, 2010

Her maiden voyage would be the only time she took to the waters, but her heart goes on in Branson, MO. On Monday, April 12, 1912, with approximately 3,600 passengers and crew aboard, the ill-fated ocean liner sank to her watery grave, taking 1,517 people to their final resting place. No doubt pop culture and the cinematic magic of James Cameron’s blockbuster film have spurred a renewed interest in maritime history. Perhaps not as well known is the presence and fate of the canine passengers aboard, although a popular attraction in Branson, MO, is about to change the tide.

Widener Titanic Exhibit Focuses on Philadelphia Families

(Friday, March 23, 2012) Get your boarding pass for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic at the Widener University Art Gallery from April 10 to May 12. The exhibit, which will focus on the Philadelphia families touched by the tragedy, will even include a section on the dogs that perished on the Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York on April 14, 1912.

Titanic Dogs Remembered In Museum Exhibit On Eve Of 100th Anniversary

from Mother Nature Network’s Russell McLendon on Huffington Post

The Titanic sank into the North Atlantic 100 years ago this Sunday, killing more than 1,500 people in what remains the most famous shipwreck in modern history. And after being recounted, researched and re-enacted for generations, a trove of information has emerged about the ship, the iceberg, the victims and the survivors.

But at least a dozen Titanic passengers have received far less attention over the past century. As a new centennial museum exhibit reveals, roughly 12 dogs were onboard the Titanic on April 15, 1912, all pets of first-class passengers.


In January of 1925 the spread of a disease called Diphtheria was starting in Nome, Alaska. Doctors knew if they could not get the anti-toxin serum they needed to give shots to all the people, the epidemic would sweep the city. Diphtheria was potentially deadly, especially to children. The problem was it was stormy and bitterly cold, and the only available serum was in Anchorage, almost 1,000 miles away across mountains, rivers and treacherous Alaskan territory. And, the only reliable airplane was out of commission.


The Loyal Japanese Akita

is the Star of a Movie "Hachiko: A Dog's Story" starring Richard Gere

The world’s most famous Japanese dog was an Akita named Hachi-ko. In 1925 a student at the Imperial University (Now the University of Tokyo) gave the dog to his teacher, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno.

Professor Ueno lived near Shibuya train station in Tokyo and took the train to and from school every day. Every morning Hachiko walked with him to the station. Every afternoon Hachiko met his master at the train.

Only two short years after Hachiko and Professor Uneo met, on May 21, 1925, the professor suffered a fatal stroke at school and never returned home. Hachiko waited patiently at the station for his master to return.

Rufus & Tundra

Dog Gains Fame As "Stuffed Animal"

Azusa, CA -- It's not often that a dog gains celebrity without starring in a Disney movie, but that seems to be just what has happened to Rufus, a Miniature Schnauzer who now lives in Pleasanton, CA.

The "Road to Success" is never easy and Rufus story is no exception. Rufus has Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a genetic disease that affects the eyesight. PRA causes sight to slowly diminish until only light and dark are discernible and ends in total blindness. He lived with a family in the San Francisco Bay Area until a year ago. There were a number of small children in that family and the confusion, noise and number of toys to bump into made life difficult for Rufus, by then totally blind. The family, feeling that he had no "quality of life" to look forward to, took Rufus to Dr. Scott Echols at Oakley Veterinarian & Bird Hospital in Oakley, CA to be euthanised.


April 5
National Ferret Day & “Tag” Day – Check ID Tags or get your pet microchipped! http://www.americanhumane.org
April 12
Earth Daywww.EarthDay.org
April 13
Palm Sunday
April 17
Pet Owner's Independence Day – This holiday may be an April Fool! It’ rumored that we are supposed to send our pets to work while we stay home, or have them do our chores and take care of us! Good Luck with that!
April 18
International Guide Dog Daywww.igdf.org.uk – A salute to guide dogs and the service they provide for visually impaired people is so important we celebrate this dogs around the world on this day!

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