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Are your dogs your kids?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Alma, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. shotgun_wg

    shotgun_wg Little Dog

    Other peoples kids and your own kids are 2 different things. I like my dogs don't get me wrong but my daughter is above my dogs. If it came down to choosing it's not much choice. The dog is gonna get the short straw.


    Shotgun
    Arkansas
     
  2. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    Oh no doubt, I dont think a pet should every be a higher priority than your own kid, but I think you can love a pet as much as you can a child, just in a different way. Just like you love your wife and your mom. Its the same amount of love just a different kind.
     
  3. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Well...the dog will never smoke crack, steal your car and then call you at 2 am to get bailed out of jail...


    :grin:
     
  4. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    Since my husband and I don't want kids Peanut gets a whole lot more attention and gets spoiled. That works for our situation it makes our little family complete and we are happy.
     
  5. ignitethis

    ignitethis Good Dog

    Tbh, no. Roxie is more of... An extension of myself. Like a shadow. I don't think I would feel the same about a child (idk how to explain this). So no, I don't consider her my "fur kid". I'll put it this way- people in my town never seem to recognize me if I am without Roxie. Whereas, if I were a parent, people would say, "oh, you're so-and-so's mom" instead of, "wait, who are you again?" "I'm Roxie's human." "Ooooh. Where is she? I never see you without her!" "She's at home, I'm just walking to work." "Well, say hello to her for me!"

    Funny thing is, this never happened with Buddy.
     
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  6. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    We are the same way.

    But it is a whole different vibe. When you actually don't want kids; the dog does not become a replacement for or treated like the exact thing you don't want.

    I think from posts I have read TP, while our dogs probably get more attention than most, we both have a keen awareness and appreciation for the fact that they are dogs...an entirely different species with their own set of needs and hardwired behaviors...not human at all.
     
  7. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    ^^ This
     
  8. kissapit

    kissapit Puppy

    By far, my daughter comes first. She is my baby. We love our dogs, and consider them part of our family. But, if one of the dogs ever even slightly was to growl at my daughter, it's done. With that said, my daughter can do anything to the dogs I can do and they respect her. Our Malamute would eat someone over her in a heartbeat. At the end of the day, she is my baby, the dogs will always just be my puppies.
     
  9. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    Exactly. I just do not have the desire atm to be a mother and since my choice right now is to focus on my dog I do ALOT for him and with him. He is my focus because of my choice. I won't lie though Peanut is spoiled rotten.
     
  10. GailC

    GailC Puppy

    This makes perfect sense to me. I don't have kids, so my dogs are my kids. I take care of them, feed them, take them to the vet, play with them and love them. If my house were on fire, the only things I'd care about getting out of there (other than my husband) are my dogs and any other pets I have. I would be crushed if something happened to them. They would protect me with their lives. I too hold my dogs very dear in the world!
     
  11. I am also one who chose not to have kids.. but yes, the dogs satisfies that "nurturing" part of me, but I believe that when you treat the dogs like children it sets up a certain expectation of them and I know plenty of the furmamma type who do treat them just like kids and then are downright shocked when the dog(s) act like dogs and kill the neighbors cat or some other small animal.
     
  12. fishy3005

    fishy3005 Puppy

    no. but considering the condition my youngest son leaves the bathroom in after hes been to the toilet im starting to wonder if hes a dog! :/
     
  13. rjs59

    rjs59 Puppy

    I have nvr had kids so in my case,yeah,my dog is my kid.Ii do care for her and provide whats necessary for her survival and well being. I think at times animals are better than humans and we could all learn a lot about being better humans if we look at them. Hmmm lets see ,lock up the GF in a trunk of a car and do the same for your dog...wait 1 hr and open up both trunks, see which one will coming to greet you with out malice.

    The problem with a dog being termed PROPERTY in eyes of the law is when someone destroys it either by accident or willingly, your not truly compensated. Yet you feel a heavy loss and truly it doesnt go over well with most owners who have had to deal with that type of situation. Nothing wrong with treating them as well as human kids as long as you provide structure and all the right stuff in rearing them.. I have seen better behaved pets than some kids these days.
     
  14. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Me too!
     
  15. LoveMyPuppy

    LoveMyPuppy Puppy

    My husband and I always joke about how Thor became the 5th kid and the baby I'm having got bumped to #6. LOL

    I consider the dog part of the family, but of course the kids would come first should it come down to a choice.
    The kids are allowed on the couch and Thor is not. :lolbangtable: However, when we plan things as a family Thor is always included. He just went on a family vacation with us. We won't even consider places anymore that are not dog friendly just like we don't consider places that aren't kid friendly. :)
     
  16. noahthestar

    noahthestar Little Dog

    Nope my dog is my dog lol but I can admit I love them more then kids. (Not much of a kid person)

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  17. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    I have no children YET, but I do view my dog like my child in the sense that she's been a huge motivator in my life like a child would be. She's taught me patience, to remain calm in all situations, she's made me more social b/c those are her needs. She motivates me to exercise and condition, she motivates me to be a leader, to eat healthier, etc. If anything this is just another step in preparation for motherhood someday. I am going through a little heart break, i feel like she's hit her teenager stage and doesn't like to cuddle with me like she did as a puppy. Now she's all independent and i'm just like please come love me!!!!!
     
  18. childless Middle Aged couples are Nature's way of making sure that there are parents for puppies.
     
  19. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    And single old ladies for kittens!! haha
     
  20. gwtterry

    gwtterry Puppy

    They were part of the family and the new one is part of the family. I think of them as kids to a point. The obviously walk/did walk on leashes, eat other food, etc. My son probably did think and does think of them as a brother to a point. I lost both of my dogs over the winter. 1 to anal gland cancer in December. He passed in my arms in the living room after taking a quit turn for the worse and it was devastating. We both screamed and cried and held each other over him. I bawled when I woke up, went to bed, and fell to the floor crying for 4 days. Then, it seemed to get a bit better, but I still tear up to this day. The other one we took to the vet one month to the day to let go. Vet says a stomach cancer. He say maybe, but for sure a broken heart. Just quit eating when the other one left. 2 of them gone in 4 weeks. They were 10 years 5 months and 12 years 8 months. They were in this family and long time. We cared for them. We cuddled in bed with them. Our new one is the same way. Babied. Their time with us is short and is very precious. We are their whole lives. So, yes, they are disciplined and trained as a dog, but loved like our own kids.
     

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