oh. my. god.
if one more ‘adult’ compares their owning a freaking PET as being equal in ANY way to that of being a PARENT, I am going to blind myself so I never have to read the vomit of inexperience they believe to be true, again. In real life, I would stab their eyes out. Not really, but be grateful that I have no super powers or by all that is Holy, their head would explode before I could stop myself.
a DOG is a DOG. It is not a baby – it is not a child – it is not a fur person. YOU are not parents. if you spend money on daycare? behaviour therapy? excessive toys? if you inhibit your life or sacrifice your sleep, to accommodate the dogs schedule, then you are suffering from a mental dis-associative disorder or other psychological impairment and need professional medical help and/or a series of drugs to fix it. every single adult who has listened to you promote yourself as a mommy to your fur babies and who has actually pro-created, looks at you with a mixture of concealed contempt and pity.
real animal lovers understand that spoiling an animal means you are abusing it. responsible animal owners know you don’t parent an animal, you train it. they need a schedule, to have their basic needs met and absolute rules from an alpha pack leader. you are not now, nor will you ever be ‘their mom’. they don’t ‘give kisses’, they are not ‘basically human.’ for you to make the comparison that being a dog owner is the same as being a mother, is an affront to every single woman who HAS given birth and every single father who has taken on the responsibility of raising a CHILD.
if you choose to not have children, then don’t pretend animals are children, they aren’t. if you choose to postpone having children and would like to ‘practice’ your parenting skill set on an animal, then have fun. others will judge you when you try to equate the experience. this is something you will never understand unless you have a child of your own. it is only then you will get it.
purchasing and caring for animals is nothing like sharing your body with another human and experiencing the hormonal and emotional changes that occur as a result of it. nurturing children and experiencing the trauma of raising them is the farthest thing possible, away from training and socializing a dog. the only person who makes that kind of remark, is one who is exceptionally immature and inexperienced.