Last night, I was woken up by two crying babies, aka dogs, who desperately needed to be taken outside. And after an inconvenient middle of the night potty break, I was on automatic zombie mode when I got out of bed at 5:30 AM. Lurching down the hall with my eyes half open and my body relying on muscle memory to find its way, I somehow managed to make it into the office to complete my morning teaching shift. The rug rats? Oh, they got to stay snuggled in bed with Troy. Those lucky bastards.
Sometimes being a pet parent can feel awfully similar to taking care of a child.
You’re crazy! My baby is nothing like your dogs!
Actually, there’s a study that proves that dogs have a similar bond to their owners that a toddler has with its parents. So maybe I’m not just a crazy dog owner after all! Okay, I probably am, but for many pet owners their dogs will always be their babies and here’s why:
HOW DOGS ARE LIKE BABIES
1. We bust out pictures of our dogs at social gatherings.
Other people show off pictures of their adorable children crawling or wearing that cute new outfit. Pet parents? We bust out the cell phone photos like, “Look at my dog tilting his head! And look both of them were all snuggled up! Oh, and in this one he was laying on his back. Aren’t they cute?!”
2. The Instagram takeover.
Showing off photos of our favorite pooch doesn’t just happen at the office, parties, or supermarket checkout counters, but on Instagram, as well. So much so that people will begin to question who’s account it is – ours or our pups.
3. Our dogs are fashionistas.
Every parent loves to dress their kid up in adorable little outfits. Well, dog parents are no different. Our pups have winter clothes to keep them warm. Costumes for Halloween and other major holidays. And of course they need cute casual wear for impressing all the other pooches at the park.
4. We go through the agony of potty training.
While we may not have to change diapers, we still have to deal with cleaning up accidents on the carpet. And even after potty training, we have to pick up poop outside. Oh, the things we do for our fur babies.
5. We arrange play-dates and go to the park.
Much like children, dogs love the park and should be socialized every so often. Unless, they’re a little anti-social like Chubby. Either way, making time to go to the park becomes a big part of your schedule. And before you know it you’ll be chatting with all the other pet parents about how wonderful your furry kids are and planning future play dates. Just remember, no body likes a an overbearing stage parent trying to show off their kid’s talent.
6. They wake us up in the morning/middle of the night.
When I was a kid I always pestered my parents while they were sleeping. Now, my dogs pester me. They bug me when they need to go out and completely take over my bed. Or some nights I’m up late with them because they’re not feeling well. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
7. Their well being matters more than our own.
My dogs well-being always comes before my own. I may not go to the doctor, but I will take my pups to the vet. Our house is a little drafty, but I make sure my pups are covered with their blanket before I even think about getting warm. Basically, our dog’s needs become central to our lives.
8. Going anywhere is a big ordeal.
Did I remember to grab their bowls? Did I bring water? Do I have enough food? I swear, I need a diaper bag for my dogs! Even getting them into my home office in the morning is an ordeal. I have to make sure they have food and water so they can eat breakfast. Then I have to make sure they have their blanket so they can sleep afterwards and let me work in peace.
9. Our dogs have their own stockings and gifts under the Christmas tree.
Our dogs are a part of our families, so of course they have their own stockings. Every year my mom also makes sure to buy all her granddogs a gift. It’s only natural that every family member should be included in the spirit of Christmas.
Do you also have fur babies? How are your dogs like babies/children?