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View Poll Results: Do you own dogs because you don't have kids or feel lonely?
I have children 27 29.67%
I don't have children 8 8.79%
I am lonely thats I why I need dogs 5 5.49%
I have dogs for other reasons 51 56.04%
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post #21 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 07:13 AM
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I was raised with dogs my whole life. I couldn't imagine not having dogs. My family couldn't imagine me without any dogs

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post #22 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 07:26 AM
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I used to be one of those "never going to have kids, my dogs are my kids, I'd give my life to save them" type of people.

Then I got married, had one kiddo and another on the way, and though we still love our dogs, they are indeed back to dog status.
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I haven't any children and I'm not lonely. I didn't get my first dog until I was 47 years old.

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Originally Posted by syaoransbear View Post
i don't think a dog is the same as a kid, otherwise i wouldn't have a dog. I hate kids, so i don't have a dog to satisfy my desire for a child.

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post #26 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 09:20 AM
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I voted "I have dogs for other reasons".
I do not have children but that was not why I have animals. I was born into an animal loving family. Growing up my grandparents had 5 acres that we called the "farm". From a pony, ducks, chickens, pigions, several cats inside & outside and minimum of 5 dogs. At my "other" home we always had a dog and some type of small critter like hamsters.
There were only a few times in my life that because of renting that I didn't have a dog. I could not imagine not having a dog in my life.

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Nope. We have dogs because we are animal lovers. I grew up with dogs and all other sorts of animals. That's part of life to me. Without a dog, the house seems empty and cold.

We don't have children and probably never will... however, the dogs are not here in place of that decision. They are a huge part of our life... as our "pets" and working companions, not children. This is how it will always be.... even if we DO have children.

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I have dogs (and other animals) simply because I love having them. I call each of them my fur/feather children but they are not a substitute for children. I chose not to have children because I did not want children.

I cannot imagine not having a dog, ever.


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I have two kids (although one is in college and the other is a sophomore in High School. We have always had dogs. Now that are kids are just about grown and almost out of the house they joke with us that Bear had become our third child.
I think we have paid more attention to Bear than past dogs maybe anticipating being empty nesters, but he will always be a member of our family and not a child replacement.

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I have five kids so not lonely! But when my youngest started kindergarten is when I wanted a puppy So yeah, a little bit of wanting a baby at home might have seeped in there! We did already have a (small) family dog but I wanted a new hobby, so I got a GSD specifically for dog sports... and the puppy phase helped ease my empty nest a little!

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