Responsible Pet Owners Month

Image Via Natural Dog Company

by Lucy Maldonado

February was national Responsible Pet Owners Month. Many people have pets they love and care for, especially here at Rockwell.

Throughout time, dogs have been by our side. Science has proven that dogs were domesticated about 40,000 years ago. The domestication of dogs was probably one of the most heart warming events for humans. It is quite ironic that the dependents of an animal that we once feared the most, the wolf, would one day become one of our greatest allies.

Many students and faculty here at Rockwell love their pets and consider them an important part of their family.

“My family fosters dogs.” said Rockwell freshman Grace Maw. “I like it because they’re so cute and it feels great to give them a new home. It’s fun to take care of cute, little animals.”

Taking proper care of pets is something Responsible Pet Owners Month focuses on.

“Take your dogs for walks and let them go outside a lot,” said Rockwell junior Ruby Hernandez. “Keeping your dog isolated is not good for their health.”

Properly training pets is another way to become more responsible pet owners.

“I haven’t had a pet in a long time,” said Rockwell’s music teacher Ms. Larsen. “But training them is a big thing you can do for your pet.”

Giving your pet time and love is another thing Responsible Pet Owners Month focuses on. These pets are a part of your family and they have proved time and time again that they will love you for who you are. There’s a reason dogs (and cats) are often referred to as “man’s best friend.”

For more information on being a responsible pet owner, visit http://www.avma.org.

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