Loving Your Companion Animal Means Taking Care of Him or Her
(English, Citizenship Key stage 1)
Many children grow up sharing their home with a companion animal — maybe a rabbit, a dog, a cat or a rat – and if we are to be a good friend to that animal, we need to know exactly what he or she needs in order to be happy and healthy.
Make a list of 10 things a companion animal needs. In the column next to it, say how that animal would feel without having that need fulfilled. Some answers have been filled in for you already.
|Need||Without it he or she would be|
|1. Good food regularly||1. Hungry or unwell|
Use these lists to create a poster to show to people who are thinking about sharing their home with an animal.
This is a letter written by Rachel Rosenthal to her rat, Tatti Wattles, after he died.
Dear Tatti: I love and miss you. I loved your ratty smell, your delicate pads, always clean. I loved your long tail that freaked out so many people. I loved your whiskers, your round pink ears, your little black, shiny eyes, your warm white underbelly. I loved to watch you eat and wash. I enjoyed your padding around the house, sometimes kicking up your heels and taking off in a loping gallop. I loved your affection, your little tongue kissing me, your little paws with their tiny pink fingers holding my face. You were a beautiful creature, Tatti Wattles, and I want to tell this to the world.
Write a letter to an animal you know or to an imaginary animal telling why you love them so much. Decorate your poem with a picture of that animal.