Having a puppy is brilliant - hard work - but brilliant. I wanted her for the kids and also a little bit for myself. I had no idea I was also doing the health of my children a benefit. Recent studies show that growing up with a dog actually reduces the risk of getting asthma. The kids who grow up on a farm have actually the lowest risk of getting it. So get your kids in contact with animals, not only do kids love them it might do them a real favour in the long run.