Photo Courtesy of: Hannah Aber

Hannah Abner

Do like having a pet? Do you find pets annoying? Do you continuously ask your parents for one? Animals can be a loving addition to your life, but they also can get in the way of things. Having a companion at home has many pros and cons.



  • An animal will never judge you for what you do.
  • Some pets need lots exercise, so they can keep you in shape.
  • Pets have lots of diverse personalities, so they can be amusing, and help you cheer up.
  • They can make you feel safe. A lot of different animals can play the role of a guard, making sure your home is safe.
  • There are so many different types of pets, you have many choices.



  • They constantly need care, so if you have a busy schedule, you either need to find a pet sitter, or not have a pet.
  • Food, toys, and other pet needs can cost a lot.
  • Pets can get dirty, shed, or get into things, causing your house to become messy.
  • All animals poop. That’s just the way it is. So, if you have pet, you have to clean up after it.
  • Many pets (like dogs, cats, etc.) can need training, and unless you have the time to do it yourself, or the money to have someone else do it, you might not have a great time or relationship with your pet.


But one of the biggest impediments to pet ownership is allergies. That’s the sad truth. It’s the reason a lot of people don’t have pets. Either they, or someone they live with, is allergic. What lots of people don’t know, is that it isn’t the hair that people are allergic to. It is the dandruff, and sometimes along with the saliva and/or urine that the animals produce. Because of this, no dog or cat is completely 100% hypoallergenic. But there are some breeds that produce less dandruff and work better for people who suffer from allergies. Here are some examples.


  • Poodles
  • Maltese
  • Standard Schnauzer



  • Sphynx
  • Russian blue
  • Balinese


There are over 300 recognized breeds of dogs, and around 73 recognized breeds of cats. This gives people quite a choice and so people have different amounts and varieties of pets.

Alyssa Brien, seventh grader, owns five pets. She has two dogs: Mack, a silver lab, and Peyton, a puggle. She also has three cats, Tango, Piper and Cosmo.  She got all of her pets when they were only a few weeks old.

“They are fun to play with, and keep me company,” she said.

But there is a downside.

“They can bug me,” She said. “Tango likes to knock things off my table.”

Peyton was her first pet, but Cosmo is her personal favorite.

Seventh grader Amelia Werner’s  mom is allergic, so she has no animals, except the squirrels outside, that like to throw things at them.

“I don’t have company when I am home alone,” she said. “But I don’t have to take care of walking it.”

If she did have a dog, she’s already got it pictured in her head and named.

“I would have a corgi-husky mix,” she said. “I would name it Tibor. It was my grandpa’s name.”


Boy Dogs Girl Dogs

  1. Bailey   1.   Bella
  2. Max   2.   Lucy
  3. Charlie   3.   Molly
  4. Buddy   4.   Daisy
  5. Rocky   5.   Maggie


Boy Cats           Girl Cats

  1. Max    1.   Bella
  2. Oliver    2.   Lucy
  3. Charlie    3.   Kitty
  4. Tiger    4.   Chloe

Smokey    5.   Sophie