As we live in a smallish house with not much outdoor space, it came as a bit of a surprise when the 10 year old said “can we have a dog?!”
He’d never expressed an interest in owning any pets before, so it was a bit out of the blue.
I think all children at some point love a pet of their own to look after, and he’s obviously no exception.
I remember having a goldfish called Goldie when I was little (very original name, there!)
After pointing out that maybe a dog wouldn’t be practical in our house as they need more room, we thought about other pets that would be a better option.
As children who have never owned a pet before, we thought of ones that would be easier to manage than big dogs who would take a lot of looking after (walking every day, pooping it’s scoop :-) ) etc.
Which is where I mentioned my childhood goldfish.
I used to love sprinkling fish food in for little Goldie and watching him swim round his bowl.
We thought fish may be a good first pet, as they could easily help to look after them, and even small children could help feed the fish.
You’d need a good tank or bowl to keep them safe in, and if you did want to go down the little fishy route, All Pond Solutions have some great ones especially for children with a seahorse or surfing design.
There’s something quite therapeutic about watching fish swim round and around, too. I may have to try sitting in front of fish tanks and watching the fish swim round next time they’re winding each other up.
“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming along…..”
This post is in collabation with All Pond Solutions.