My kids love our animals. I have taught them to be gentle with each other, the kids help out with feeding and opening the door to let the dogs in and out. When I brought my first baby home from the hospital, I had two dogs plus FIVE "foster" dogs and four cats. We managed... and I feel that my kids have been enriched by the many animals we've cared for over the years.
mom to DS 7, DS 5 and DD 3 :