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Parenting with Pets:
The Magic of Raising Children with Animals
by Christine Hamer & Margaret Hevel
Do you have a pet?
Are you considering adopting a pet?
Not sure which pet is best for your family?
Do you have young children?
Do you have a challenging teen at home?
Do you have a child with a learning or physical disability?
Is your elderly parent lonely?
What to expect from pet ownership?
Do you work with children?
Do you work with a pet adoption agency or rescue shelter?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you need to read this book. When I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I was expecting another pet fluff piece. You know the kind: the free pamphlets you receive at the pet store, adoption center, in your bag of pet food.
I was thrilled to discover that this book is not only well-written and informative, but a thorough study of the benefits of pet ownership from countless perspectives. I will admit that I've had exposure to most of the thoughts and theories within this work, but never in such a comprehensive, cohesive and "from the heart" manner.
The authors, Christine Hamer and Peg Hevel, have woven a thoughtful and thought provoking study of the numerous benefits of pet ownership. They have incorporated their own experiences as well as stories they have gathered from interviews, to illustrate the enrichment, joy and, at times, pain of the strong bonds between pets and children, teens, families and the elderly.
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This work flows seamlessly and is a pleasant, easy read.
Christine Hamer, M.S., CCBC, holds a Master's Degree in Animal Behavior, numerous certifications and board positions and currently works with canines as a trainer and behaviorist.
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Both bring their deep love of animals and strong foundation in education to this work, pushing beyond pet basics and leaving their readers with solid perspectives and proven parenting advice.
Parenting with Pets is written honestly, with real understanding of the joys and challenges facing both families and individuals. Within you'll find the best overview of what to expect from pet ownership, as well, a thorough outline of pet specific care and needs by species to help you in selecting the best pet for you and your family.
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I received a copy of Parenting with Pets to explore for the purpose of creating this feature. The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences. Non-original images sourced above.