The term "pet parent"…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee

i do! i have to dogs and they are definetly my fur babies. i know im not their biological mother.lol. but i am there adoptive mother and theyre my babies. but theyre very spoiled and the places we take them refer to the owners as parents. like doggie day camp which ours go to every saturday, they call us the pet parents, i even get a report card everytime, like a real kid.lol

but i also am starting to get baby fever so my puppies are my babies right now! 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@PositiveThinking:  We have referred to ourselves as “Mama and Papa” and referred to our pup as DS’s “big sister,” but we definitely make a distinction between pets and actual babies when it comes to responsibilities, as well as care required.  I refuse to put our dog’s sleep above our own, give up my marital bed to her constant presence, let her terrorize our house in lieu of crating her, etc., because she is a dog and we are humans.  I’ve given up enough sleep since DS was born to show that that’s definitely different for a human baby.

I do have to mention though that getting our dog did make DH and I feel like more of a family.  Before her, I felt like a married couple, but after being jointly responsible for another life, I felt like a real family and also like we were ready to be parents.  So I think there are parallels.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PositiveThinking:  Ha, we totally refer to our dog as our “fur kid.” iIs she a human child? Of courses not. Does she know exactly who “mommy” and “daddy” are? Absolutely 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes my dog is my fur baby and though I may not refer to myself as a pet parent I do say come to momma to my dog 😉 or mommy loves you <3 how’s my baby 

in fact my dog likes to be held on his back and cradled just like a baby 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I call my pups my “doggie children” and definitely refer to us as “mom” and “dad” 🙂 I feed, clean up their poop, and snuggle with them so they definitely act as my children and I fulfill the role of “mother”. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@PositiveThinking:  

I plan on adopting actual children in a few years because I don’t want to have them naturally.

Because they didn’t come from ME, I can’t call them my children? They can’t call me Mom? 🙁

As for now, we don’t have a child. We have a dog. We call him son. We are his parents because we take care of him, love him, provide for him, and teach him to do good things for other people (he’s a therapy animal). Yes. Proud Dog Mom.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I don’t call myself their pet parent but I call them my babies. I’m not crazy lol I know they’re not my kids but I use it as a term of endearment. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I don’t like the word furbaby nor do I call myself a pet-parent, but when my husband and I are alone with the dog we “talk for him” – like, “Moooom, throw the ball!” and things like that. I guess that puts me in the middle? Or maybe I’m extra crazy because I have one sided conversations with myself and my dog. Oh well!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I definitely said things like “Who’s my BABY!” And “Come to MAMA!” when I had cats, but I was a pretty definite Crazy Cat Lady. (Swear to God, I had 3 cats, was fostering another one at one point, and had an oil paining of a cat in my livingroom. Crazy Cat Lady.)

I never considered myself a “pet parent”, though. I wouldn’t die for one of my animals like I would for my actual baby!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Definitely my babies. Of course, it helps that they are cats in my case… dogs respond badly to being spoilt and indulged. Cats do not.

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