(Closed) The term "pet parent"…

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 108
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My pup is my baby. He’s more like my “baby who will never grow up”. I also have 4 children.  Are they different? Of course! But I still consider myself his mom. I provide him with care and attention, medical care when he needs it, grooming, food, I train him, teach him manners much the way I did my children. When we have hurricanes and power outages etc… I could afford a hotel but they wouldn’t take the dog so if he didn’t go, we didn’t go. No way would I leave him in a hot house while we were chilling at the pool. The kids wouldn’t go for that either. He’s a part of this family and we are privileged to care for him during his short little life. He just spent half an hour nibbling on his ass. I allowed this because I KNOW he’s a dog. I wouldn’t let my kids do that in the middle of the living room but I still have no problem calling him my “baby” and I don’t much mind how others refer to their pets.

Post # 109
982 posts
Busy bee

@PositiveThinking:  I will when we get one of our own, for sure! Everyone I know with a pet refers to them as their babies, whether they have children or not! 

I think there is a difference between being a parent, and being a pet parent, obviously. I wouldn’t go to a high school reunion and say “I’m a parent” when referring to pets. I would say “I’m a pet parent” or “I have a dog”.

I don’t want to have children, what I really want is a dog. I think all pet owners are parents to some degree.

Post # 110
2268 posts
Buzzing bee

I find it extremely odd when people refer to themselves as ‘parents’ because they have a pet.

Our animals are a part of our family, we love them dearly, care for them and make decisions with their well-being in mind, etc. but I am not a Mother because I have a cat.

Post # 111
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Wrenny:  Love this!

Post # 112
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

We consider our dogs our children and call each other Mommy and Daddy to the dogs. That said, I hate the word ‘furbaby’. It sounds like a pet name for unshaved bush.


Post # 114
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yeah, FH and I are pet parents. We don’t want any human kids, so our fur kids are pretty much it. We are “mom” and “dad”, and my mom is completely fine with the idea of being dog grandma. Our dogs and cats are our family and we would do anything for them. 

I think most all pet parents understand that our pets aren’t the same as human babies. Doesn’t mean we love them any less. 

Post # 115
1430 posts
Bumble bee

I have never used the work “pet parent” and have rarely used the word “fur baby” but my dog is 100% my baby and he knows who his mommy and daddy are. When you make your pets part of your family then the title of mommy/daddy just naturally falls into place. The only people i know who find that dynamic strange are people who don’t have pets or who keep their dogs outside like lawn ordaments. 

Post # 116
33 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think it’s only fair to your pup to act as if you’re their parent. You decided to take on the responsibilty to adopt them and take care of them! So you better act like a parent and love that dog unconditionally just as you would a real baby! xx

Post # 118
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I love my animals. Once, I called my DH “Daddy” to our dog….and realized I had just crossed over a very large, fat, scary line. Nope, the dog’s “daddy” is some hound somewhere else, NOT my DH, ha!

But because there is such a strong emotional bond there, I do wish that the English language had better descriptors than just “parent” or “owner.” There’s a whole lot of grey in between those two extremes.

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