Yes, I love my dog like a child!

I would NEVER say having a dog is the same as having a child or children. It’s not. I would also never say being a parent is easy. I respect parents so much. But, personally, I feel there are definitely similarities between having a child and having a dog. Loving, responsible pet owners absolutely go through “child-like” experiences with their animals.

When LUCY was a puppy, I woke up in the night almost every half hour to let her out to the bathroom. This went on for more than a month. No, it’s not the exact same as a child, but I also lost A LOT of sleep.

No,Lucy doesn’t need braces or a college education, but I still provide for her. I have to make sure she has food and water, that she is bathed, that her nails get trimmed, that she goes outside, that she gets exercise, that she has toys to play with and that she has a safe and secure place to live.

No, it’s not easy having children. On the same note, it’s also not always easy having pets. Children are welcome many more places than pets. You can take children into stores, to the movies, almost anywhere you want to go. Pet owners can’t do that.Yes, it is socially acceptable to leave pets alone without a sitter, I understand you wouldn’t simply leave a child home alone. BUT, just because I leave Lucy home when I’m out doesn’t mean I don’t feel guilty. I absolutely hate it. I’m willing to bet most parents also feel guilty about leaving children while they go to work.

Just as parents love children and children love parents, I love my dog and my dog loves me. That unconditional love is the best love in the world. As children make parents laugh, my dog makes me laugh. Just as parents look forward to coming home to children, I look forward to coming home to my dog.

I believe each person is entitled to his or her own opinion. You don’t have to agree with me on this issue, but don’t tell me I’m wrong. Each person feels a certain way for a reason. My reason for treating my dog as a child is extremely personal to me, one that most people don’t know.

I don’t expect you to understand, but please don’t judge. If I want to treat my dog like the child I may never have, so what?

I think each person should choose what is right for him/her. Treating my dog like a child is what I choose to do. Disagree with me, but respect my perspective as I will respect yours.

For many of us our pets are not just “animals.” They deserve respect and love. Yes, I love my dog like a child, and I’m proud to admit it.

I really believe in that statement. I know having a dog is NOT having a child. But having LUCY has showed me I’m not ready for kids! Knowing how much work Lucy is, I know I’ll have to devote a lot more time to my children, and right now, I simply don’t have that time. I plan to make the time… someday. For now, it’s just the two of us, which means she gets all my attention…!!!