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September 5

The first encounter between a very young child and the family pet must be well orchestrated. The pet has to be calmed down. To a toddler, even the smallest dog can be terrifying if it’s yappy and barky and bouncing around madly. Care must be taken so that the pet’s excitement is contained so as not to scare its new playmate. The child’s excitement must also be carefully contained. Even the best behaved pet can be spooked easily by unexpected noise and…