Dogs and cats can have a special place in the hearts and lives of families. Some are protective and territorial. Others love just about everyone but mail carriers. Pets can be aloof and independent or prone to stealing unattended food and ruining perfectly good shoes and furniture.
Whatever their disposition, most pets are eager to please. They can learn to “Sit! Stay! and Be a good dog or kitty!” when there’s a new baby around. However, preparing pets for a newborn requires careful consideration. Before introducing pets to your baby, you’ll need new barriers, boundaries, and ground rules.
Stewardship of all creatures, great and small
“The righteous care for the needs of their animals.” – Proverbs 12:10, NIV
The kindness we’re called to as Christians extend to the animals in our lives. As some of God’s most sociable creatures, pets are worthy companions. Beyond species and breed names, pets humbly accept their given names, whether it’s Boots, Bowser, or something more biblical.
Pets can model unconditional love. They’re quick to forgive, whether you step on a paw, scold them or leave them home alone. They coax smiles, entertain with antics and nudge you to get out of bed or go for a walk. The health benefits of pets range from protecting hearts and comforting special-needs children to heroic rescues. It’s not easy, but merging pets and babies is usually worth the effort.