“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz
“Mother’s Day” Question:
How do you feel about people making the statement that they are their pet’s “Mommy” or “Daddy”?
I saw an article written not too long ago shaming people who referred to animals as their children. To be honest – that post made me see red. It is my choice (and that of others) to refer to our pets as family members. Pets are not just something that you throw in a closet when you’re not paying attention to them. They are not toys. They are not there to be paid attention to only when it is convenient for you. They have feelings. They rely on you for food, shelter, entertainment, and most importantly…for love. Just like children, pets require your attention and your money. Some people can’t have human children, and some people just don’t want them. I honestly don’t think I could ever love a human child as much as I love my dog. I am a GREAT pet mom…but I think I would be a TERRIBLE human mom.
So, why is it that people take it upon themselves to be upset about what others choose to refer to their pets as? Why does it bother you that there are humans out there that care enough about their pets to call them their kids?
Pet Moms can feel a bit left out when it comes to Mother’s Day. I mean, it’s not like your cat or dog supposed to sneak out of the house to buy us a gift or card! And no one has ever said, “Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!” But then I got to thinking… it seems as though Hallmark had to create a holiday to ensure that kids remembered to thank their moms and show their love and appreciation at least once a year. Dogs and cats do that EVERY day! When was the last time a human child greeted you at the door, so happy to see you that his entire body was vibrating with joy? And cats don’t need a reminder to cuddle up next to you, kneading your shoulder while purring in your ear. So while cards and gifts are nice (and yes, I bought my mom both!), maybe pet Moms are the luckier of the bunch. The tinge of loneliness and the feeling of being forgotton on Mother’s Day is all in my head, afterall. All I need to remember is the devotion and affection my furry babies show to me each and every day.
Perhaps one of the biggest perks of having only furry children is that I never have to deal with the sudden outbursts. They don’t yell things like “I hate you” or “I wish you weren’t my Mom”. Of course, our dogs aren’t going to take care of us when we’re old, so there’s that significant downside. However, with all the money we’re saving from not having kids, we should hopefully be able to save up for a home in a nice retirement community!
The lifespan of dogs and cats is short, just a flicker, compared to a human. While during those few short years there are plenty of ups (puppy breath! catnip play time!) and downs (illnesses and injuries), I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I know that one day the pets I have now will leave me just as the ones before them did…leaving a huge hole in what used to be a whole heart. I try to make the best of every day with them, because I never know when they will be too old to want to go for a walk, or too sick to want to chase the laser pointer. The saying that “a parent should never have to outlive their child” unfortunately does not get to apply to pet Moms and Dads. Take advantage of the time you have, every day. Make sure to spoil Fido with extra long walks and plenty of dogbones, and keep a fresh supply of cat scratchers and cardboard boxes in stock for Fluffy.
I’ll be working on the bucket list that I made for Oreo very soon. Photos and stories to come. I’m trying to come up with one for Burger as well; but thinking of exciting adventures to go on and goodies to try for a kitty isn’t half as easy as it is to come up with for a pup!
Until next time — Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there – both with furry and non-furry kids!