Looking at my fluffy baby this evening, I realized that animals can truly add delight to an environment.
When, by God's grace, I finally finish school and get my own classroom, I plan to have a class pet. It seems to me that such an addition would be welcomed by many children. However, not all children enjoy animals. I know someone who, at the age of three, fainted from fear of a dog when her dad insisted on her being photographed with the huge hound. Some people can easily be overcome with fear when it comes to animals. When I was younger, I too had issues with dogs, in part because they have teeth, and I knew what teeth were for.
Additionally, allergies are very much a concern. Animals with fur can send a highly allergic individual into respiratory shut-down. Even my own cute little fuzzy leaves me with suspended breathing, congestion, coughing, and misery. How would a child be expected to learn when the little furry thing in a cage next to his or her desk is keeping them from taking in a full breath?
However, a calm, quiet, hairless animal in one area of the room might actually help some children to overcome their fears. Accordingly, I plan to gather some information on district regulations regarding pets, and general information on the best kinds of class pets.