Are you a parent?

posted 1 year ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Honey bee

mrsautumn36 :  I have a child (age 9) and a dog that I’ve had for 4 years now. And honestly, I do think that it’s the same as having a human child to some extent. At least human children can eventually talk and verbalize their needs, unlike dogs ๐Ÿ˜‚ I really do treat her (my dog) as though she’s my child so I do agree with that sentiment. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

mrsautumn36 :  while I’m well aware that my dog is not a human child, I do consider caring for him comparably to parenting a human child. I put his well-being as only second to my own, because from the moment I decided to pick him up off the side of the road and bring him home, I knew that he would be dependent upon me forever. Similarly to when you decide to conceive a child—they will be dependent upon your forever (at least in *some* form). You’re supposed to put the well-being and happiness of a child as top priority when you’re a parent, I’m assuming lol.

 

Also, I have to force him to take his vitamins (similarly to forcing a child to eat his broccoli). I take him for regular check-ups and have him on insurance for surprise medical expenses, like a real child. I make sure he’s fed the best diet that I can afford, and make sure that he has enough attention each day. And most of all, I always want him to feel wanted, loved, and included.  

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I love my animals but no I wouldn’t consider myself a parent. It’s similar is some way so way too different in the places that count. For example, leaving my dog unsupervised for 5-8 hours a day is pretty standard but if you do that to a toddler it’s neglect. If my dog had severe, painful, incurable ailments then I would consider euthanasia but switch the dog out for a child and it turns into “what the fuck is wrong with you?!” real quick.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee

happiekrappie :  thisnis such a cute picture!! I want to boop his nose so bad I tapped the screen haha 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

peekaboobs :  I’m sure he wishes you could—he’ll do anything to make new friends ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ and while I do treat him like a child as best I can, your explanation is absolutely the most reasonable response. Especially with the euthanasia thing, even though none of us ever hope to reach that point with our fur babies!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have had pets all my life, they are pets so no not a parent.  I have a child also, I became a parent when my child was born.  Pets are just that pets!  While sometimes they can be pretty similar to children no where near the work an actual child is… 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I love my dog. She’s the light of my life and brings me so much joy but I absolutely do not consider myself a parent or think taking care of her is remotely like trying to raise a child.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I used to think having dogs/cats was juuust like having a human baby. Then I actually had one.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

No. I’m a total crazy cat lady and adore my three cats, but calling them my children or myself their parent is just cringeworthy IMO

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

I have had pets my entire life. I love them and spoil them. I have three children and three step-children. Raising children is a hundred times more than raising pets. I love them both and will always want to have both in my life, but there is no question which is the greater responsibility or greater attachment. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I don’t have Children but I do love my pets.

I put them above myself and their needs are met, taken care of when required.

 

I do call my Pup my biological son, but mostly because… look at him

ETA: no children and pets do not compare. I’ll be a Parent when I have kids, but for now he’s good practice.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I consider myself a cat mom. Since I don’t want human children, I do consider them to be my babies. My fiance and I refer to each other as ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’ to the kitties.  I found my newest 2 boys at 1.5 weeks old and had to nurse them back to health, bottle feeding them every 3 hours, no sleep. It was hard, and I know human babies are harder, so I have no desire to go down that path lol

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I love my puppers, but no I do not consider myself a parent. I have had pets all my life, so this is just normal for me. Becoming a parent will be a milestone.

Here are my two boys. I just took this photo this morning!

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