your dog, your friend?

@ESKARENA1 (18304)
March 14, 2008 4:54pm CST
i have been watching people on mylot and just wonder how many recognise that their family canine pet is still a dog, not a baby substitute
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@wickedangel (1639)
• Dominican Republic
14 Mar 08
Oh yes, we certainly knew our dogs were pets and not babies but it is SO much fun giving them lots of love and attention, watch it play with new toys etc., And do you know the best thing, they don't answer back all the time, they don't spend your money and they don't play their music REALLY loud (we did that instead!!). I adored ours...
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
14 Mar 08
for sure you are right. I just wonder how many cross the line and think of their dog as a child?
• United States
15 Mar 08
ESKARENA1 I do not think your discussion was asking how many crossed the line. IMO it read more as an inference that pet owners already had crossed the line!
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
16 Mar 08
I did not realise there was a line to be crossed in regards to how we treat our dogs, whether we "mother" them or what! I would much prefer to treat my dog the way I do, as a very important member of my family and having done this with all my pets over the years have seen it passed down on my children. Is that so bad? Abusing a pet would be more of a concern than simply loving one.
15 Mar 08
I never saw my dog as a baby substitute. I consider him as my furry friend. I know he is a dog. I have read both of the Dog Whisperer books. They have been an eye opener. I am learning to be the pack leader. But, that doesn't mean that our dog is no longer my friend. He seems to be happier now that he has a purpose and has guidelines. At the end of the day, a dog is a dog.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
15 Mar 08
I think this is the healthiest way to think of the animals that share our lives blessed be
14 Mar 08
i have a life size soft toy of a st bernards and i do not treat it as a child substitute. i do not feed it, for one! it is a joy to cuddle though! i do have problems with the life size blue whale cuddily toy i have in the hall,bathroom,bedroom.
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@ESKARENA1 (18304)
14 Mar 08
hahahah you loony, you will fit in well here blessed be
@Ohara_1983 (4122)
• Kuwait
14 Mar 08
yup, but most of people think that pets is there baby specially to those people dont have kids, even have kids pets it will belong to there family even what will happen still there family.
@ESKARENA1 (18304)
14 Mar 08
i agree, but i do wonder if it does the animal any good, blessed be
@leo321 (214)
• China
17 Mar 08
yes,now there are many people take dog as a baby and not only a pet,but i don't,i make friends with my pet dog,it is a piquant dog,very lovely...
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• United States
15 Mar 08
SEZ WHO?? I have also been watching people here on myLot and am so glad canines were put on earth as the powers that be did not do such a great job with humans.
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
15 Mar 08
LOL. My dog is part of the family but he gets treated like a baby sometimes. That is just a figure of speech in my household though. He is spoiled rotten. He will be 10 years old this year. He is getting to be a little old man LOL.
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@Brian77 (30)
• Czech Republic
15 Mar 08
yes,i love my dog :).
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 08
Lol EsKaren with Gissi it is hard to remember he is a Dog lol He is not a Baby substitute he is a Baby lol I can't help it I have been like that with all my Dogs and will always be like that
@caramello (4382)
• Australia
14 Mar 08
Maybe a dog cannot substitute a baby in some eyes but they do give many people great comfort and you get back what you give. Our dog is one that is very protective and is not keen on other people but I would trust him far more than some humans I know. It is by choice what you see your dog as in your life and if you choose to treat it as a "baby" cannot see any harm in it as long as the dog is loved and not abused! And yes they are still "canines" but cannot see any harm in classing them as part of the family.