I think good pets are important to have for babies and kids. For one, it teaches them about animals and how God created man to rule over animals and take care of them. I don't want Bugger to grow up and be that kid who is always afraid of dogs.
Secondly, it gives them a playmate. I remember my little brother used to follow around Mandy, our golden retriever from my childhood, holding onto her tail as he toddled and saying, "Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah" with staccato breaths. It was cute, trust me. His bed head rivaled Sonic the hedgehog.
And also, I think having a good dog helps you become a better person. Dogs are loyal, friendly, protective, and playful. They are "man's best friend." If you hang around a dog with those qualities long enough, maybe they will rub off on you.
Spencer is a great dog. I feel better when T is on deployment and she is here. She is a comfort and one of my oldest friends.
I am so excited that Bug will get to share in Spencer's wonderfulness!