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The people who offer their lives to keep us safe have made the request.
I once met someone who won't have dogs as pets. It wasn't the usual "I'm a cat person" or "Dogs are messy".
As parents they refused to have dogs as pets because when the dad was a kid the dog died and it was too hard on him.
I will always have dogs as pets because they teach life. They teach the love of another life. They teach unconditional love. They teach the value of effort and work. They teach patience and tolerance. They teach reciprocity. They teach family roles. They teach responsibility.
And, sadly, they teach death.
It is important that children learn all about life. It isn't always good and pretty.
I asked this fellow parent does she feel it is better when children learn about death through the loss of a grandparent...or friend...or sister?
Children need to be taught to value life. To understand when you have a good life, a fortunate life. To know how to persevere when life is unkind, often cruel.
I try to teach my children that life is all about choices. We cannot control what happens to us. But we can control what we do about it.
I choose to have dogs in my life.