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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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Old 11-12-2012, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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Have to admit, I have wondered this question before, lol. Thanks for asking it Julie!
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