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julie87 11-12-2012 12:02 AM

Is one of the reasons you have dogs is because you don't have kids or feel lonely?
A lot of times people get pets when they feel lonely. Just wanted to see if a lot of folks on this forum have children.

shepherdmom 11-12-2012 12:05 AM

Two grown kids, we had dogs before they were born, the entire time they were growing up and now that they are off on their own.

x11 11-12-2012 12:06 AM

what a very personal question, not sure how many would be revealing enough to answer.

i have to admit yes to both to some extent. but hey i'm male i don't have kids i know of.

PatchonGSD 11-12-2012 12:09 AM

Dh and I thought we couldnt have kids, so we got Chloe, then we *did* have a skin child, lol. So yes, it started out that way.

Gharrissc 11-12-2012 12:13 AM

Husband and I don't have kids and probably won't,but we choose to have dogs because we are both animal people. So not necessarily to replace kids.

selzer 11-12-2012 12:14 AM

I have dogs because I love dogs. We got our first dog when I was about six or seven, and I brought another dog home shortly after we got our first. It had nothing to do with my having kids or not back then, nor does it today.

I don't have kids. I have nieces and a nephew. My dogs are not kid-substitutes.

Whiteshepherds 11-12-2012 12:24 AM

Our kids are grown but we had dogs when they were younger too. I will say that the dogs we have now get a lot more attention than the ones we had when the kids were little. :)

dogfaeries 11-12-2012 12:25 AM

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I've always had dogs - when I was a kid, single, married, before kid, after kid, after kid grew up.

I used to jokingly tell my son that I would be so sad when he went off to college, that I would be forced to get a puppy. He just rolled his eyes at me. And yes, I got a GSD puppy, and then another. Boy, I showed him, lol.

Discoetheque 11-12-2012 12:36 AM

I've had dogs all my life, though my Shepherds are my first dogs that have truly been mine. My best friend introduced me to the world of competitive obedience and conformation, which is why I got Discoe and Reba. I don't have kids yet, hopefully someday, but my dogs are not substitutes for children or friends or family. I just believe a house is not a home without pets.

PatchonGSD 11-12-2012 12:37 AM

Have to admit, I have wondered this question before, lol. Thanks for asking it Julie!

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