Kids and Pets: Resources

By Christina Elston


  • Learn More about Kids and Pets

    Bringing a New Pet into the Family
    Making introductions
    Beyond Cats and Dogs
    Dealing with Death

    Adventures of Riley
    , a children's book series created by Loren Wenegard and Amanda Lumry, Eaglemont Press. These books detail the travel experiences of a young boy and his conservation biologist uncle, and also describe the needs and lifestyles of various animals.

  • The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Dog Care and The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care, St. Martin's Press, 2002.

  • When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers, Puffin, 1998. Penned by the legendary Mr. Rogers, this is a helpful book for ages 4 to 8.

  • On the Web
    Internet sites abound on pet ownership. Below are just a few sites worth checking out:

  • The Humane Society of the United States - - Offers fact sheets for families and a "Pet for Life Campaign" dedicated to educating people on the patience-trying aspects of pet ownership.

  • House Rabbit Society - - Provides comprehensive information on rabbit ownership, including frank words about rabbits and kids in the same household.

  • Kathy Santo K9 Living - - This dog-training program is from a veteran trainer whose philosophy is that training techniques need to be tailored to the particular breed of dog.

  • Tetra - - The fish-food company's Web site includes questions to ask retailers about fish ownership, and an opportunity to create your own virtual aquarium for free.

  • Related Reading:

  • Choosing a Dog: The Best Breeds for Families

  • How to Prevent Dog Bites

  • Quick Tips for Introducing Your Baby to the Family Pet

    Christina Elston is a freelance writer, published author and former editor for United Parenting Publications.

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