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View Poll Results: Do you use family terms with your dogs?
Yes, I call them brother or sister,and I'm Mom or Dad 84 82.35%
Yes, but they really are brothers or sisters. 2 1.96%
No. I call myself owner/master or something else, not Mom or Dad. I don't call them brother/sister. 16 15.69%
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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Do you use "family" words with your dogs?

Do you refer to your dogs as each other's brother or sister? Do you call yourself Mom or Dad?

People are always surprised when I refer to Rocky and Kopper as brothers and ask if they're really related. So far I haven't had anyone ask if I'm really their mom.


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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 05:34 PM
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Yes, I refer to Mandy as the big sister.
Baby is referred to as the little sister.
Ace is referred to as the nasty little brother.(Even though he is the largest)

Husband and I call each other mommy and daddy.

Had to laugh at your comment about not being asked if you were the mom yet.

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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 05:37 PM
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Yep, we are family. My parents call my dogs the grandpuppies. They ask people if they want to see pictures of the grandkids, and then whip out pics of my dogs.

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post #4 of 41 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 05:38 PM
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Let's see I refer to the sisters as sisters, the nieces and aunts as nieces and aunts, the cousins as cousin, and the mothers and daughters as mothers and daughters. I rarely refer to myself as Mom. I am The Susie. They are all my babies, the mangies, pookerbuttkins, etc.

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For some weird reason I don't call all the dogs brothers and sisters I don't know why I don't. Hubby and I are mom and dad though.

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Yup, I go all-out LOL.
My brothers are "Uncles," my brothers dog is her "cousin", Kayden is her brother (except that's true, lol), my parents are grammy and grampy, and I'm "Mom"

Pretty embarrassing, especially when i say it in front of friends/family hahah..
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We don't call each other mom/dad - the dogs know our names Funnily enough though, my parents are grandma/grandpa and they call the dogs their grandpuppies.

Our dogs are cousins, so that's what we call them

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I only have one dog now but when I had two I didn't usually call them brother and sister out loud, although I would sometimes write it, such as on their websites. When I did I usually put it in quotation marks "brother" or "sister"... I don't usually call myself mom but I did call my Golden my baby. I would jokingly tell my friends 'shhh, she doesn't know she's adopted...'

I used to call other Golden Retrievers my dog's cousins. Like if we met another Golden I'd say "Hey look Ginger, it's your cousin!" For some reason I don't do that with my GSD though.


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Chance is my "baby". My best friends Linda and Kim are his second mommies and my neighbor Anthony and his dog Marco are his "buds". I have no immediate family, so my friends and neighbor make up our "family". If I tell him his buddy Marco is coming over he gets really excited, same if I mention Linda, Kim or Anthony. He knows their names and is happy when I let him know if they are coming over!
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I'll add that both Niko and Rosa know me and my husband as Mommy and Daddy. I can say "Go get Daddy!", and they will run to my husband, and vice versa.

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