A dog can be more than a man’s best friend. Sometimes, a cat, too.
A recent study shows that having pets in a household can actually help babies get a jump-start on good health.
The study published in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones.
(EDIT: We were asked over e-mail and below in comments to remove our header image due to, you know, legal stuff. The request came from Strong Fathers Strong Families, the originator of many “Bring Your Dad to School” programs that have been running for over 10 years now. We complied.)
If you’re a father living in New York, you’re urged to take your child to school or Head Start on September 20th. A program called “Dads Take Your Child To School” has taken root and is growing every year.
The program is a collaboration between [breath] the Administration for Children and Families, Region II, New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and Office of Children and Family Services, the Stronger Families New York Coalition, other statewide partners, and New York City agencies including the Departments of Youth and Community Development, Education, the Mayor’s Office, and the Administration for Children’s Services.