Are your dogs as much a part of your familly as mine are?

@cafay1 (257)
United States
February 23, 2007 6:30pm CST
I have 2 dogs, one is a lab/cocker spanial(male) mix and the other is a pure bred Pekenese (female). The Peke is definitly the ruler of the roost. If she gets mad at the lab she will tear right into him. He is much bigger and I have seen him get to the point that he has had too much from her and put her down with one paw. They are just like kids though. I truely don't know what I would do without them. Do you feel this way? Have you a funny story to share about the extended family member?
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes Im glad to hear you treat your dogs so good and I know how important they are to you.I have 3 cats and they are my world they are so attached to me one follows me around all over the house and sleeps with me too. shes such a brat she wont let the other 2 up on the bed she wants me all to her self.LOL well I could go on and on and Im sure you can to. enjoy your babies and always give them love.
@cafay1 (257)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes, we could go on and on about the precous pets. I didn't realize how close they get until I lost one. Most of my family are pet owners. I also have a cat. but, that is a different story. thank you and stay happy with your little ones.
@babyhar (1339)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
My puppy is definitely a big part of my extended family. I consider her to be almost like my daughter until me & my other half have kids in the future. I think that she is such a great puppy and she's got so much energy too., I know that if I'm not feeling great or I'm down because of something, I can always turn to her for some sort of boost in my mood. Whenever I have been crying in the past the first thing she does is she will come on over.. And lick my tears away.. She has even sometimes gone as far as to go to her toy box.. Pull out a toy & bring it on over.. And play with it or shake it wildly until a smile crosses my face.. And I am in a much better mood.. I find that she is a very loving & loyal dog & that I've trained her to be very protective of me and as well taught her a really cool trick that she does every time I give her a treat. I taught my dog just about a year ago now to "dance" whenever I offer her a treat. She will jump up on her hind legs and do spins around and around again. After two spins I will usually hand over the treat to her as a reward. Right now I'm trying my best to teach her how to sit. So far there has been some progress in her picking it up. She will sit down some of the time when I ask her to and other times she won't do it no matter how many times I ask her. I hope in a little while to have her to the point where I don't need to offer her the treat. There's plenty of times where my other half will come home from work as well & when he walks in the door, off Patchy goes. She will bark and bark until the bedroom door is opened. Once that happens she runs like crazy to go see him because she has missed him all day. She sometimes won't even eat until he gets home because she had missed him so much.. It's almost like she loves seeing me & my other half together.. It's sweet.. But when it comes to when my other half comes home.. The funny part is when she hits the hardwood floor in the kitchen she almost skates all over it. If she's going crazy enough she'll slide sideways and slam into the cupboards. It doesn't even faze her either. She just keeps going. I've never seen her run like that before and it's funny when she skates all over the place. It's almost like she has no control over her legs and she can't do anything to stop the loss of control. I always go & check to see if she is alright.. And she just turns her head almost with a smile on her face when she looks back at me.. That's when I know that nothing has fazed her & nothing will. Another funny thing is when we try to talk to her. For quite some time now we'll start making sounds like "Bow wooooaaaooow" over and over again. You'll almost see something in her eyes when she figures it's time to respond. Then she'll start howling and just make all kinds of whimpering noises too. It's almost like we're talking to her when she responds like she does. Sometimes when you say certain words like mine & my other half's names she will respond by howling.. My other half has said my name when I am not at home sometimes & she will start howling.. Almost like she is letting him know how much she misses me! . . In conclusion, I believe that the best gesture you can extend to a family pet is to make them more than just the family pet. Consider possibly bringing them in and treating them as more than just a pet. Treat them like a part of the family. That's how I treat my puppy to be quite honest.. And I plan on doing this years from now! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
28 Feb 07
my cat is definitely my baby. he rules the house no matter how i feel about it! in fact, a friend of mine made me a sign that says " one spoiled cat and his housekeeping staff live here"!..lol...Kitt definitely knows how to push my buttons...i've long since quit keeping anything hard on my headboard, because when HE wants me to get up, and i don't want to, he'll get up there and one by one start batting things off onto my head!...lol...i love him as one of my own children and i don't know what i'd do without him either. He's the reason I look forward to coming home each day.
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I have a simease cat and an eskimo spitz puppy. I love them just like they are part of my family. They are spoiled rotten. Our daughters are grown and married now. I dont know what I would do without htem. They love me and I love them. My puppy thinks he is a baby. He will come and beg till I pick him up then he will put his head on my sholder just like a kid. LOL