STUDENT STORIES

People and their pets

Katie Hamilton
Posted 7/9/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland Middle School.

Pets are a big part of a family, no matter what species they are. …

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STUDENT STORIES

People and their pets

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland Middle School.

Pets are a big part of a family, no matter what species they are.

They could be an inside dog, an outdoor cat, or a fish that will live out its life for a few months before dying and making its journey into the toilet bowl. But why do so many people own pets nowadays? What makes people still want to keep these shedding, loud, and messy pests in their homes?

One of the reasons may be that pets provide comfort and love. If you come home from a long day at work, your furry pet is always at the door with a wagging tail. It has been scientifically proven that pets can reduce stress, just by petting them. Maybe pets are just little stress balls that we can't help but squeeze every time we are sad or under pressure.

Pets can also provide entertainment. Whenever you are bored, you can always pick up a toy and throw it for your pet (with dogs, at least they might go get it; you might just get a look from a cat). Whenever you need a walking buddy, your dog is always there to walk you. Yes, walk you — let's just be honest, we are not walking our dogs, they are exercising us.

Pets can also help prove someone is responsible, and can be a learning opportunity for children. If you get your child some sort of pet, they will have to learn to take care of it. They have to learn to feed and walk it at certain times, and they have to train it (normally). This can be a learning experience for both the child, who learns responsibility, and the parent, who can discover how their child works in certain situations.

There are many reasons as to why we put up with these creatures in our lives. They provide comfort and entertainment, and can teach us life lessons. Having two dogs (and multiple fish) I have experienced this first hand.

Katie Hamilton will be a freshman at Cleveland High School this fall.

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