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Are your dogs your kids?

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

  1. mistywidner

    mistywidner Puppy

    My dog is my son. I have three human kids and then we call him our adopted fuzzy son. He has his own bed, a toy box full of toys just like my three human kids have. He gets a new toy a week just like they do. He goes to the doctor, goes to the park, will have birthday parties, etc. My mother refers to him as her grandson, he is my sister's nephew. He'll get presents wrapped under the tree, and has his own closet of clothing. We take him everywhere we go as well. We don't pretend he is human but that doesn't lessen his importance in our lives. I don't do the whole comparison of if someone pulls a gun or there is a fire. I don't think that way. My children and my tobee are all well protected. If a fire happened tobee would walk out with us. He sleeps in bed with us so he'd just go with. No having to go back and get a kid or a dog. We have a plan in place for emergencies. We practice drills. He also has his own emergency bag in the trunk of the car right along with our bags. Includes his vet info, clothing, toys, medical papers, proof of shots, food water bottles, extra leash and color and emergency medical kit. I may be silly but that's just how I am. I love that little dude.

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  2. ForestRottie

    ForestRottie Puppy

    I don't have real children but still do not consider any of my pets my children. They are companions,family and would be crazy enough to starve to death before killing and eating one but calling them my children just feels too awkward to me.
     
  3. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    Is Alma still alive? Her thread seems to live forever.
     
  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I've seen her alive on Facebook!
     
  5. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    good to know, I just don't do facebook....forums are all the social media I can deal with.
     
  6. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Understandable. I've moved around too much. FB makes it easier to stay in touch with friends I haven't seen in 10+ years.
     
  7. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    if you run across her, let her know I was checking on how she was doing.
     
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Will do. I don't have her on mine but I see her on others' pages that also don't come to the forum anymore.
     
  9. Floras_Mom

    Floras_Mom Little Dog

    I jokingly call myself Flora's mom, but that's because I don't have kids, and come from a family with lots of nieces, nephews etc. She is my companion. I live alone, many hours from my family. So my dogs have always been a very important part of my world. Besides, as the famous quote goes, "The more people I meet, the more I like my dog."
     
  10. Muttkip

    Muttkip Good Dog

    My dog might or might not be the reason I'm not having kids, because it'll take away from his sports and fun.

    no, really though I don't like kids, besides my nephews!
     
  11. TaggarungAk

    TaggarungAk Puppy

    My dogs are my children (and as such they have rules) but I do consider them to also be my property. That being said, I have no intention of ever having children of my own, so I don't ever plan on having to choose between kids or dogs.
     
  12. My fiance and I can't have children so yes, for us they are our children :aww: Our furry 4 legged children
     
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  13. colleengmz

    colleengmz Puppy

    I care for my dogs very much and enjoy a loving relationship with them.
    I do feel that my pets do have a purpose as well though. They have a job to do.
    About 12 years ago our dogs were outside on a runner and they were barking as if there was danger.
    Hubby goes to check and they were barking at a rattle snake. The dogs were trying hard to get to it but they couldn't reach.
    Hubby goes over to the dogs and takes them off the runner and puts them in the house to keep them safe.
    Well he goes back to deal with the snake which slithered away under our house never to be found!!

    A lot of people have called me cruel and inhumane for my opinions but I was raised in the country and critters was one reason to own pets.
    I told my hubby that I would have likely let the dogs go kill the snake. It is very unlikely that it would have killed our dogs because it's not like they would be bit without my immediate knowledge and immediate medical care.
    We still argue over this and I have pointed out that he could have dealt with the snake while leaving the dogs safely where they were but he was too worried for the dogs.
    I couldn't sleep for a week not knowing if that snake slithered into my home.

    I love my dogs dearly however I do not insist that my children go off to kill snakes :-)
     
  14. Jessa_king1

    Jessa_king1 Puppy

    My dogs are my LIFE. My babies..my all!! I love them more than anything :) yes I consider them my children & love them just as much.
     
  15. ShakaZ

    ShakaZ Good Dog

    Nope. Dogs are dogs. Property. Beasts of burden, if you will. Definitely, not my kids. Not babies wrapped in fur, not even, I would make the claim, human. Gasp...
     
  16. ShakaZ

    ShakaZ Good Dog

    How about this as a novel and new idea... Can they be your friends?
     
  17. bsand

    bsand Good Dog

    They are the best companions. They know your mood without you telling them, they are always happy to see you, don't care what you look like, how much money you make or spend on them. They give the same reaction to a dollar or hundred dollar toy. The best part of all they will never turn their back to you when you are in need!
     
  18. oldfashioned

    oldfashioned Puppy

    Yep, not my kids at all, my kids are worth an infinite amount more than my dogs, plus your last line basically sums it up, if we're starving I'm cooking up dog stew to feed my kids. That tells me that they're just not on the same level as my kids. They're my pups...
     
  19. Nataliya82

    Nataliya82 Little Dog

    No, kids are annoying and demanding, then become even more annoying and demanding, lol. I don't literally think Loki is my kid, but I am 100% responsible for his wellbeing, I love when he cuddles with me and puts his head on my shoulder, looking at me, I love when he is goofing off in the yard. I am his protector and I do say "come to mama", or "mama is going to work", it just kinda happened naturally. I also talk to him and he looks at me and tilts his head sideways. I don't have kids because I don't like them. I do like dogs though, lol
     
  20. Novy

    Novy Little Dog Premium Member

    It's funny to see someone else say that for a change. Kids? Not a friggen chance.

    It takes a while for people to clue in, but fortunately I've gotten past the point of being asked those nagging questions about "when will you settle down and have kids?".
     
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