do you sometimes think of your dog like your child?

@jhl930 (3605)
United States
August 24, 2008 6:45pm CST
i know from personal experience that you can have times where you can think of you dog as your child or something liek that when they get sick you worry about them like they are your own child...i know that sometimes we think of them as animals like when we go somewhere we think that they will be alright while we are gone, so i know that sometimes it can go both ways, but i was just wondering about all of you, do you think of your dog as your pet and just an animal or do you think of them as your child, please share with us...thank you for taking the time out of your day to come and read my discussion and i hope that you all will have an answer and i also hope that you all have a great evening, night and the rest of your weekend is great! thanks!
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
24 Aug 08
We do think of our dog as our 'child' sometimes. My s/o can tell her to go find mommy and she will come looking for me lol. She lays on the couch and watches tv with us, sleeps with us sometimes, and is pretty spoiled. She knows what a plain cheeseburger is, what the ice cream truck is and dunkin donuts. We do not however take it to the extreme of buying doggie clothes and stuff, she does get her own toys, but but having her toys she has never chewed on anything that was not hers.
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@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
24 Aug 08
i know what you mean, my dog is the same way, he gets his own toys because he won't chew on other things that aren't his but he's so spoiled he plays with them for a few minutse and leaves them...thanks for replying!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
26 Aug 08
Hi there jhl930 I don't have a dog myself but my brother and his ex-wife used to have two little dogs. They didn't have children and I used to think that the treated their dogs just like they were kids and other members of my family had also said the same. I remember them once cradling a dog each in their arms until they fell asleep and continued to hold them until they woke! I found it a bit strange! They are now divorced and he has married another woman who is expecting a baby in November. They don't have any dogs!
• Canada
26 Aug 08
Until your post I thought I was a hysterical pet mom. I completely relate to what you are saying here. My dog is like my son. I have called to leave him phone messages before or find myself at a friend's house thinking about my little guy, wondering how he was doing. In truth, I think there is probably a good many of us who bond with our pets as children. I also have handfed rats who like to give their mom kisses. :) Thanks for your post and for making note of how vital our pets are in our lives.
• United States
27 Aug 08
Sometimes? My dog IS my child. These are my children, my babies. As far as i'm concerned, i might as well of birthed them, they are my family!! :)
25 Aug 08
yes i feel that most of the times
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
Hi! I treat my pets my as my children. They're shih tzus and they're like babies to me. I talk to them and tuck them in bed every night. Sometimes I let them sleep with me if they want to. Sometimes when they eat I even feed them with a spoon hehe. It's also funny cause sometimes they act as if they are kids. They're sweet and often wants me to carry them. They really want to carried you know.. My youngest pet would always stood up and reach me on my legs if he wants to be carried. They're real kids to me. Ciao!
@douchrti (176)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Most certainly, we brought him home as a baby, we've raised him to middle age and we are so proud of him. The best thing about animals who love you, they give their love unconditionally. We are truly blessed.
@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
I do. We are a new married couple. And we don't have any child yet. We don't have plans of having one either. We are now focused to saving more for our future and the kids as well. We are now planning to buy a puppy to be our kid in our house.
@ajrox1810 (992)
• India
25 Aug 08
Hi jhl930, I usually treat my dog as my cute little brother. I am very worried when he is sick or refuses to eat anything. I always cuddle him when I feel his need, and he always licks me when he feels alone. Just like my little brother, I never beat him and treat him with utter love and affection. He is my life to me.
@ashar123 (2359)
• India
25 Aug 08
I never have kept dog as pet but have kept male siamese cat as pet. During that time I never thought that my male siamese cat named "Danny" is my child. But I used to take care of him alot while feeding and giving him bath every third day. He was so scared of getting bath and tried alot to run but he was very fond when I used to cut him whiskers. I guess he was thinking I am shaving him lol.
@aville44 (125)
• United States
25 Aug 08
ive got a pug, and we treat him likes hes our child. i mean he pretty much is our child... based on the way we treat him. idk what it is... but thats just how it is
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
hi there. my sister is 42 yrs old, single and works as a nurse in california. she has a shih tzu. she treats him like a baby. she spent a lot for the grooming, food and toys for her dog. she said its a stress reliever for her raising that dog. indeed dog is the man's best friend.
• United States
25 Aug 08
Defiantely my wife and i think of our chihuahua like our son, he is always with us, yes even sleeps with us. We never can leave him alone at home, or anywhere and my wife tells him go with daddy and comes to me or looks for me, and he knows she is his mommy as well.
• United States
25 Aug 08
yes i do think of my dog like child and i do worry when he get sick. it is good to know you love your dog like i do.
• United States
25 Aug 08
we dont have a dog but if we did it would be just like our child,becasue that is how we are with our cat. she is one of our kids and we take great care of her just like she is our daughter. and we worried about her when she had her surgery and took care of her after
@MissGia (955)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I have 2 dogs: Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and both me and my boyfriend consider them like children. The Golden Retriever hates storms and freaks when he hears thunder. He'll come up and cuddle with you and it feels like your keeping him safe as you would a child. Some people don't think so but i think dogs have emotions and can also feel your emotions. They know when i'm sad and they'll come up to me and lick me and lay down with me. My dogs are just plain cute. hehe
@rustantl (258)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I personally do not have a dog but my mom has one who she for real thinks is her baby lol....He has clothes, more toys than alot of human babies I know he even has a car seat!
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
25 Aug 08
We call our dog our puppy child, so I think we do think of him as just one of the boys.
• United States
25 Aug 08
All the time! Of course I should really be talking about my cat. My family owns 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 birds and a fish. But right now the only ones that are truely mine are the fish and one of the cats. (I'm hoping to talk my parents into letting me get a small dog breed of my own soon). But too say it quickly...and to sum it up in...10 words..."I would go to H3ll and back for my cat." She is my baby, I love her!!! :) (I love my dogs just as much-but I can't say they are truely my babies, because really they're my moms dogs).
@binkdonk (13)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
As I sit here and ponder my response, with my laptop on my lap, and my four legged baby lying here peacefully sleeping on the loveseat beside me, it occurs to me that... my baby is a dog! I think that it is only fair that we treat them as maybe not persons but personalities. For most of us, these canine companions not only enhance our lives in many ways but many of them have nine to five jobs as well. Dogs tend to make us a part of their family or pack so since we bring them into our lives, it is only right that we treat them the same. I love my dog, she is the smartest, best behaved (mostly) dog, ever (no, really). Take care.