Post # 1
So in light of the recent Grumpy aka Truffles story I thought I would take an informal and unscientific poll about pets and how you feel about them. Now I know I am extreme on the pets are equal to children but wondered if there are other nuts out there with me and then what the balance is. And I guess to keep it simple think of your main pets – I know when I moved I found a good home for my fishtank and got updates on the fish but I did not feel for them what I feel for kitties and doggies and other furry friends.
I tried to make the options fair – hope the wording is ok
Post # 3
My dogs are my babies, without question. The only reason I would consider rehoming is if I was not able to give them a good quality of life.
Post # 4
My dogs and my kids 100%. My husband and I treat them like kids, love them like kids and would never get rid of them. I know once I have kids that may change a little but they will always be my babies.
Post # 5
My MIL keeps telling me that I should get a dog when we have kids, to give the kids an experience.
I don’t think it would be a good experience for either me or the dog.
Post # 6
My dog is great, he is such a sweetie and been around longer than DH but in the end, he is still a dog. And should there be a serious reason like once we have real kids and the dog decides to try and bite or harm a person then he would leave. I honestly cannot at all understand the people who consider their pets more important than another human.
Post # 7
My husband and my dogs are my family, simple as that. We’ve even talked about what we’d do if our city ever enacted a breed ban (we’ve got a pitbull mix) and we would start the process in a heartbeat to sell the house and move because giving up on her that easily is just not an option. Like PP, the only reason I would ever rehome is if anything ever happened where I could not give them a good quality of life or if god forbid they tried to harm us/our theoretical future children.
Post # 8
YES. Honestly, I have put so much work into my dog, and it is constant working: making/ helping her be a good dog. I have invested SO MUCH. She really is an important member of the family to me. Everyone else I knew that got a dog in college gave it way except us. We have really stuck it out!
Post # 9
My girl is with me for life. I made that promise when I decided to have her live with me.
Post # 10
I voted the 2nd option, but I feel a little more sensitively than the option suggests. I love my cat and I sometimes treat her like a child (not really with outfits and such, just giving her a lot of love and attention) but she doesn’t come first priority like a child since she is a pet. I will try my best to give her a loving home even after I have children, and if I ever needed to rehome her I would be very choosy with where she goes, but even before that I would try my best to make it so that she can live out her days with us.
Post # 11
I have 2 smelly furry babies. If one of mine ran into traffic I would jump in front of a car to save them. Now I know that they are dogs, I treat them and care for them like dogs. But I love them like they were my own. The ONLY reason I would ever re-home them if somehow both I and my SO became physically unable to care for them. And in that case a family member would just take them, so I’d still see them all the time.
Post # 12
[Post moderated for trolling]
And why wasn’t there simply a “no” option on the poll? I love my dog, and I would not want to rehome him and I would miss him dearly if I didn’t have him anymore. But he isn’t like a human child!
Also, I will add that treating a dog like a human doesn’t make one a good pet owner. Playing dress up, getting the dogs hair done and treating it like a person are not things dogs understand. That is not part of dog psychology, and simply not done in the animal kingdom. If you love your dog, great….treat it like a dog.
Post # 13
I dont know what the back story is, but while I love my pups, they are just animals. DH says I spoil them, but if it were a choice between best for my family and my pups, family wins every time. Now saying that, I went after a large mean loose dog that was after them in my yard. I am terrified of large dogs and I thought nothing of protecting my tethered pups with a shovel.
Post # 14
@Zemerald: I adore all of my human children and they know it (ours range from 5-21). I am not sure why love has to have levels. Our pets get love, attention. medical care and consideration as equal members of the family. They are kids that just will not be growing up.
Sorry I did not put no – was hoping other could be the catchall.
But yes I have kids, yes I adore my kids and they are really good kids but I also adore my rotten dogs and kitties too LOL
Post # 15
Actually, I would consider my dogs to have higher status and rights in our home than actual children would…think about it….when my stepkids are with us, they have to pick up after themselves, say please and thank you, help with chores and avoid pissing me off….the dogs don’t have to do anything but be cute and adorable, maybe sit for me if they want and ice cube and the cat is allowed in the bathroom with me while I soak in a hot bath, so that she can lounge on the edge of the tub and dip her tail oh so daintily in the water…if my daughter did that I’d womp her ass!
Post # 16
@StuporDuck: +1 and I guess this is what I meant. When I adopt an animal they are mine for their entire life. I see it as a blessing and my responsibility to have them as part of my life and make decisions about my life (where to live etc) with their needs considered as well.