The other day while perusing PawCulture™, my go-to website for all things pets, I came across an article written by Victoria Schade titled, Why I Rock the Label “Dog Mom.” I found myself nodding in agreement to her words because I am also a proud dog mom.
Before anyone rolls their eyes and thinks I don’t understand what it means to be a mother, let me make something perfectly clear. I am the biological mother of two amazing children. Although they are now grown, they will always be my babies. We went through all of their life's stages from teething to graduation so I know what motherhood is all about. I love my children unconditionally and will for as long as I live.
I am also the mom to a nine-year-old Basset Hound and the grandmom to a five-year-old Westie that lives with us. Although they are not from my body, the love I feel for them is also unconditional and will last as long as there is breath in my body. This love will continue long after they are no longer here. It is a cruel reality but the chances are I will outlive them.
Some people have a difficult time understanding how people consider themselves a dog mom or dad. I thought it’d be fun to look at the similarities of being the parent of human and a canine.
• Babies will cause you to lose sleep as they learn to settle into a routine. Puppies love to play in the middle of the night and you will be up to play with them. They make sure of it.
• Babies put everything in their mouths and babyproofing your home is a must. The same goes for puppies although they tend to put more expensive things in their mouths like shoes, eyeglasses, and furniture legs.
• Toddlers will challenge you and must be taught the rules of society so they can get along in the world. Rules and socialization are important for your dogs too. Nobody enjoys being around an uncontrollable child or pup.
• They both go through a biting stage and both can inflict pain with their baby teeth.
• If someone is mean to your child, they are put on your “I don’t really like you anymore” list. Anyone that is mean to your dog goes on that list too.
• Children and dogs both enjoy celebrating their birthdays!
• We spend time cheering our children on in extra-curricular activities and beam with pride at their accomplishments. That same feeling follows us as we watch our pups in obedience class, agility training or confirmation showing. The time we spend with both helps to form a special relationship that lasts a lifetime.
• When your child gets sick, you rush them to the pediatrician. Then you worry until they are back playing and running around the house. If your dog becomes ill, you take a trip to the veterinarian. You fret over them until they are back on their feet with their tail wagging.
• With a child, you consult with the leading experts for information, inspiration, entertainment and helpful advice. Thankfully, you can depend on PawCulture for that same information along with pet DIY projects, rescue tales, travel tips, pet recipes and incredible pet lifestyle stories that celebrate the unbreakable bond between pets and their parents.
• Everyone has the cutest, smartest, and most amazing child that was ever born. Every pet parent has the cutest, smartest and most amazing dog that was ever whelped. None of them are mistaken.
As a pet parent, I highly recommend PawCulture. You can join in celebrating the unbreakable bond we have with our pets. It is an excellent resource to help you become the very best parent to your pet. Be sure to follow their awesome posts on social media:
Do you refer to yourself a pet parent? If so, has anyone ever given you a hard time about it?This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PawCulture. The opinions and text are all mine.