I’ve always been one of those women that referred to her dogs as children. They miss me when I’m gone, I make sure they’re fed and have water, and I care about their happiness and wellbeing. Dogs are amazing little friends, and they have some similarities with children when it comes to things like I mentioned above, but there are definitely some things we do to or with our dogs that we would never do with or to, a child.
We take our dogs everywhere. Just like our child, we tote them around wherever we go. To the beach, to the cute little outdoor café, and sometimes to the mall. We love them and we want to show off how freakin’ cute they are.
During those times that we don’t want to bring our children we get a babysitter…we do not do that with our dogs unless it’s for a long period of time. We can just toss them in a cage and leave them there for 9 hours! I’m pretty sure you don’t do that to your children, and if you do….I’m not quite sure what to say about that but I’ll be calling CPS.
We feel incredibly, unforgivably guilty when we leave our children with a babysitter or our fur children in their cage. No matter what, no matter how long.
We make sure they eat, drink, and get enough exercise. Now, I don’t have kids…but I was a kid once and recalled my father forcing me to eat and drink and get exercise because he wanted me to be healthy. I find myself doing the same thing to my dogs. I shove the water bowl in their faces after a hot hike, and I make sure we take those hot hikes when I notice them getting lazy and sleeping too much.
My parents signed me up for many extracurricular activities. I don’t think we do that with our dogs…
“Come on Fluffy, time to go hang out at the dog park and play puppy race with all of your friends…”
Is puppy race even a thing? I don’t know, but you get the idea.
We talk to our dogs in baby voices which we do with our children. I always say hi to my pups when I come home while they scurry around my feet and seem truly ecstatic about the fact that I’m there. I ask them how their day was and give them lots and lots of kisses.
I do not, however, change the way I talk to them the older that they get. I know a lot of parents still talk to their kids in baby voices sometimes even if they’re older. But I’ll be talking to my dog like that until they pass away. They’re dogs. Their age is irrelevant when it comes to the way I talk to them.
Pets are the children for many of us who don’t have any human spawns. I love my dogs.