I noticed an interesting post that has been circulating Facebook from blogger and mom Elizabeth Broadbent. If you have not seen the post Saying Your Dog Is Your “Baby” Is an Insult to Moms Everywhere, you may want to check it out. Can pets be a member of your family that is equal or similar to that of children? Around the internet, this question seems to be brushing the fur from the tail to the head as people speak out.
Are Pets & Kids Equal Members Of Your Family
Pets Can Be Family
Some people feel that their pets are equal members of their families. A pet is quite a bit of responsibility. Similar to a baby, a pet needs regular attention, food, lots of love and lots of patience. We play and cuddle with our pets. Sometimes we put the needs of our pets before our own such as when the rainstorm is rolling in but Pickles needs to go for a walk. We wake up to the sounds of doggy cries at three A.M. and lose part of our bed to our furry family.
The relationship we have with our pets can be intense. They are happy to see us when we get home, and they are one of the first companionships we seek when our emotions are ripping apart. There is an unconditional love that often comes along with having a pet, just as having children requires unconditional love. We love them even though they broke our favorite vase and rolled in the mud puddle right after bath time.
Some of our readers on the Our Family World Facebook Page are already talking about this topic. Some feel that their Furbabies are equal members of their family. Here is a comment from one of our readers:
Pets Are Pets, Children Are Children
Others feel that there is no way the responsibility of raising a child and the responsibility of caring for a pet are in the same league. A child is a life-changing, 24/7 responsibility that simply cannot be duplicated. When you choose to adopt a pet, you pick out a pet from the shelter or the store. If your pet ends up not being a good fit for your family, you find a new home for them or take them back. When you choose to have a child, that child is physically part of your body for nine months and then there is the birth process. If the child is not yours biologically, often you are subjected to a grueling adoption process. Once the child has been brought into the world, that child will always be a part of you.
Though a pet can be part of your family, your pet will never ask you to kiss their boo-boos. If you leave a dog by himself for the day, you are not a negligent dog owner. When you go out with your dog they must be kept on a leash. Meanwhile your child has the freedom to barrel away from you full speed in the grocery store with you running after them.
Other readers on Facebook felt firmly that the responsibilities of kids and pets is entirely different, with some moms even a bit miffed when the two are compared. Check out the comment from another one of our readers:
So loyal readers, what do you think? Are your dogs also your Furbabies? Do you feel that people should not refer to both their children and their dogs as their kids? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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