Anyone feel like this? I get some crap from Fi's best friend and his wife because I treat my dog like a baby. I just care for her like the responsible pet owner that I am! Last Saturday was her first birthday, we got her a doggie cake and took some pictures of her (she wouldn't stop moving so all the pics sucked) so of course they made their little comments. "That is soooo weird" and "normal people don't do that" were the ones that annoyed me the most. It's not like I made a party and invited all the neighborhood dogs or some cray cray shit like that! Anyway, it's not my fault I love my dog with all my heart and they simply don't care for their furry baby. OK rant over.
@ZoeJane: eh my pets are my babies!!!
@Pokemon: That's how I feel! They just dont understand since to them she is not a real baby like their human baby lol
@Pokemon: awww x 10! Precious precious precious!
I am not a parent, but I have raised my godson.
I have no qualms with people feeling/loving their pets like a baby. I know people will say, "It's different when you have your OWN" child. Honestly? No, it's not. My godson did not come from my womb, but his mother and I raised him. He lived with me. I fed him. I clothed him. I did homework with him. I was that child's "father" because his real father wasn't there for him from 0-5 years old.
I know the love and affection it takes to raise a child. I know the attachment, the hardships, the love.
The love is the exact same love I feel for my cat. While I don't dress her up or treat her like a infant, I love her the exact same way. She needs me to feed her, house her, keep her healthy. I entertain her, and I provide all the needs an infant, baby or child would need.
Sure, she's independant and I don't have to follow her around or "cat proof" the house (Although, all breakables are up!), and sure, I don't have to worry about bullies or first loves or what have you... but love is love, regardless of the breed, species, age, or gender.
I love my cat like I love my godson. No more. No less. I have no regrets.
No way! I don't have 'real' babies, so to my FI and me, our cat and dog are DEFINITELY our babies!
@Hyperventilate: YES! 100% real love. Btw, you did an amazing thing for your grandson.
Some people want children....other people want pets! I personally treat my little chihuahua's way better then most people treat their infants LOL. When they tell me that my dog isn't a child...I say "I know thank God huh?!". :)
@rachelmichelle: She tells me once I have a real baby I will stop obsessing over my dog. Never.
My dog is my baby! She sleeps with us every night and goes with us places often. She was a shelter rescue, so we're not sure when her Birthday is, but the day we got her was 12/12/11, so we will be celebrating that day for sure! She is literally just like my child. She will come up to her and put her front paws on my leg when she wants to be picked up and I will pick her up and carry her around and love on her (it's usually when "her daddy" is doing something that makes noise and scares her). Well, I guess it that's not what normal people do, I don't want to be normal!
@ZoeJane: you are not alone! It's my LO (a chihuahua mix) birthday next month...I am already in planning stages! :) my best friend hates dogs and animals and she just...doesn't understand my love for them. I just brush it off. My girls mean more to me than what else thinks about it ;) haha!
@goldie.girl: OMG! She is so cute!
@Pokemon: OMG, you had me "woooa" and "Oh....look at de baby...."
@ZoeJane: They all try to say that crap. Next time someone says something, just threaten to call PETA on them.
My babies are so spoiled, if you touch them even slightly, they roll over and open their legs to get pet.
People tell me that I'm too obsessed with my dogs, but you know what? They love me unconditionally, no matter how I look or what money I make. They always want to see me, are always looking to spend time with me (except when they get attitudes and go sit on the other side of the sofa), and they are always interested in what I say and what I do. where else can you get such devotion?
People tell me I'll feel different about it once I have a baby. Doubt it. In fact, what I worry about it is if I have a kid, the kid will take over my huskies. I bet both my girls will want to sleep with the baby, play with the toddler and the little kid, protect it and always sit by it instead of me. I'll be so jealous. I'm almost positive my huskies will think they have a new puppy to raise if I bring a baby home.
I wouldn't let the people bother you. Apparently they are missing out on the pure love of animals.
My FI says I love my dogs more than him. I never reply....
@Hyperventilate: "I love my cat like I love my godson. No more. No less. I have no regrets"
So you'd be just as upset if either one died? Personally I find that odd. I unashamedly love my kids 1000000 times more than I've loved any pet.
I am obsessed with my dog. OBSESSED. He is 6 and I freak out that he is already so old. I want him to live forever. He is the worlds best dog. I try my best to keep him healthy because I want him to live until he is 16! He is a pUg.
@ChuckNorris: Thank you! She's my furbaby. We also have a pitbull mix. She is DEF my step-puppy, as we had a VERY rocky start...she wouldn't let me get out of my truck unless my now husband came outside for like 3 weeks! Now she sleeps with me! Love my Zoey Bug too!
Yes, she is laying in a box. Right after we moved into our new house, my husband was at work when I was awakened by an AWFUL racket! I thought someone was breaking in our house! BUT when I turned on the light, it was just Zoey getting comfy in one of our ALMOST empty moving boxes. Crazy dog! She has upgraded! Now she sleeps in the bed with me, my husband and Molly!
@paula1248: Yes, I would. I would mourn her for as long as I would mourn my child, and it would hurt just as much.
I find it a little saddening that we put limits on our love.
"If my son died, I would feel x level of pain.""If my pet died, I would feel y level of pain."
Yes, my cat was not birthed from me, but when she passes, it will be a tremendous loss in my life. I will suffer, and I will suffer greatly. She has been my friend, my child, my company.
Death and love are not something you can really put percentages on, in my own eyes. I would never say, "I love my cat 34%, while I love my child 100%."
Children can't be replaced, nor can pets. Every time one or the other leaves this world, it is an absolute loss.
Edit: This is the fuzz bucket in question. I hand reared her since she was 2 weeks old.
@goldie.girl: what adorable animals! I sleep with both my girls too. My lab is 60 lbs and my little one is 8 lbs. we all snuggle up- too fun! What would we be without our dogs?
Lol, at least you are obsessed with a dog! I'm in love with a small blue parrot. She tries to bite and attack everyone who isn't me. (However, she preens and cuddles me.) She will go after my SO in a fury of screaming, angry feather rage if he tires to come near me or her cage. She is also special needs as she has never learned to talk (although her breeder assured me that she would.) After my house floodedi in hurricane Sandy and all my shoes and furniture were destroyed as were the parrot toys. Instead of buying new furntiure, I immediately ran out and spent $100 on new parrot toys.
Yes she is a spoiled bird-child. However, at least people somewhat understand your love your cute cuddly dog baby. Most peopel can't quite understand my obsession with my bird baby (although she is pretty cute.) Generally, the first time she draws blood, they are detered from future interaction.
@ChuckNorris: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! LOL!
@lawyerchick13: My sister had a cockatiel (not sure of the spelling) that she was the same way with. The bird was a neurotic mess and would pull its own feathers out when her BF (now husband) would even look at him. He got better though and eventually his bald spot filled in nicely. Sadly, Milo has gone on to a better place, but he was SO funny!
@Hyperventilate: VERY well said! And your cat is so beautiful and unique btw.
@paula1248: how can you quantify love for another being, whether it have fur or not? I don't have kids yet. But when my dog got sick, and had to be hospitalized in the ICU for 14 days, I was there three times per day, every day. i spent every waking minute calling to check on her vitals, if she had eaten, peed, pooped. I was crying my eyes out day in and day out. It was like having a child in the hospital. I was a mess! she knows how there for her I was. She and I have a bond that I cannot even begin to describe.
@goldie.girl: Thank you. She's definitely an eye catcher. I once had a little girl attempt to adopt her at Petsmart. She's my little booger fountain!
@lawyerchick13: pics???? What an interesting pet! I love birds and have always wanted one!!!
@goldie.girl: RIGHT????? lol
@PinkMermaid: I feel the same way especially when i see their child misbehave, which is 99% of the time. I do want children just not anytime soon, and since Im always around their baby I am scared to death because he is a handful :(
@goldie.girl: She is so cute!
@ChuckNorris: Thank God I am not. Honestly after they kept making fun of me I started to wonder if I was being ridiculous for buying her a cake and birthday hat. But everybody can suck it, she's my baby and I can do whatever I want!
@honeybee1999: I think it has alot to do with the fact they bought a dog and are trying to sell it already. It's so sad, poor thing stays alone most days and doesn't get much attention. I could never do that to my dog or ignore the unconditional love she brings me.
@paula1248: You love your children, we love our pets. Why is this so "odd" for you?
My cat is my baby :) I've had her since she was a year and she is now 2.
@S2013: I have huskies. The oldest I heard of them living was 21! I had been reading about people who bred them and used them for sledding. They had a 21 year old and a 18 year old on their farm. I'm guessing it was a rare thing.
my mom's super spoiled silk terrier lived to 16 or 17.
@ZoeJane: I think it has alot to do with the fact they bought a dog and are trying to sell it already. It's so sad, poor thing stays alone most days and doesn't get much attention. I could never do that to my dog or ignore the unconditional love she brings me.
Gotta love how people shit on you to make themselves feel better.
I made a birthday cake once for my first dog. I made him a one year old cake when I was 17, I think. I worked at a yogurt store, so I made him a small yogurt cake with the regular serving cups. It was cool. But I stopped caring about birthdays in general, so nobody gets cakes anymore. Not even me.
@S2013: My dog just turned one and I already worry too. I tear up just thinking about losing her.
@lawyerchick13: Lol, please share a picture!
@honeybee1999: Ugh i know. I don't even want to share the story of his brother and what they did to their puppy. It's fucking horrible, I cried. His family is like that though. They have alot of dogs outside, dirty and prob hungry. Its disgusting.
Why don't you care about birthdays lol?
My dad grew up on a farm and my mom is a hunter. To me, animals be animals.
THAT SAID - we/they have a 5-year-old boxer (dog) that really is something special. Our family has had many boxers but this one is the best. I feel bad because I am constantly cooing over pictures of him on my phone and I know it annoys some of my pals.
Pet love is good love. It's good to celebrate the things that cause us to love.
@mandy102: Gotta love those mesmerizing eyes :)
@ZoeJane: It gets me every time :)
@ZoeJane: Well I didn't want to start a debate but you did ask: I think it's odd because they're not human. I don't deny you can love them, but I find it odd to love them as much as your own child.
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