(Closed) Poll – do your pets have child status for you

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you feel the same level of responsibility toward your pet as if they are a member of the family
    Absolutely - they are like my children : (220 votes)
    74 %
    I love my pets but have to be practical. I could rehome them no problem if the reason was justified : (50 votes)
    17 %
    I like my pets but they are also just pets. If they need rehoming I will find one. : (17 votes)
    6 %
    kind of neutral - I mean if one runs away then not losing sleep but I care what I have : (2 votes)
    1 %
    I do not like animals : (2 votes)
    1 %
    other : (7 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    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
    Member
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    Member
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My Mother-In-Law 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
    Member
    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    My dog is great, he is such a sweetie and been around longer than Darling Husband 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
    Member
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    Member
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    Member
    4324 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    My girl is with me for life. I made that promise when I decided to have her live with me.

    Post # 10
    Member
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    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
    Member
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    Member
    84 posts
    Worker bee

    [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
    Member
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont know what the back story is, but while I love my pups, they are just animals. Darling Husband 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 # 15
    Member
    5956 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    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!

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