By Christina Elston
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 WebThe Humane Society of the United States - www.hsus.org - Offers fact sheets for families and a "Pet for Life Campaign" dedicated to educating people on the patience-trying aspects of pet ownership.
Internet sites abound on pet ownership. Below are just a few sites worth checking out:
House Rabbit Society - www.rabbit.org - Provides comprehensive information on rabbit ownership, including frank words about rabbits and kids in the same household.
Kathy Santo K9 Living - www.k9living.com - 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 - www.tetra-fish.com - 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.
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.