Ummm... our only pet right now, "Bubbles" the goldfish is serving as a negative example. Never get a pet on impulse (this was a prize at a social event). Research the pet's needs before buying (a tiny bowl will not cut it). Ask yourself if your lifestyle will accommodate the pet (so far so good). Be willing to accept that your first choice in pet might not be right for you (a Siamese fighting fish would be better for my daughter). "Bubbles" is currently fighting a chronic disease due to our blunders. We're currently breeding an antibiotic-resistent strain of the disease I'm sure.
I'm sure that when (not if) he dies, my daughter will never forget the lessons. Meanwhile, I've reserved a book on Siamese fighting fish at the library...
So no, our pet is just the opposite.
We have a yellow lab that my 10 year old loves to curl up on the couch with. Not necessarily to read...maybe I'll suggest that.