Why do people treat their dogs if they were their kids?
I grew up in a home where dogs were just that-the dogs. They were mostly kept outside, they were fed and given immunizations and necessary medical treatment but they were NOT treated the same as humans. We had a neighbor though who must have thought our treatment of our dogs was criminal. He had birthday parties for his dog, cooked up gourmet meals for his dog, and treated his dog like his own child. Even as a kid I could tell that this man pitied our dogs. He was forever bringing over food for them and throwing it over the fence. His dog named Fluffy was kept indoors with him and he would take him in the car with him everywhere.
I got married and moved out and spent 9 years living in apartments were dogs were not allowed so I had little to no exposure to dogs for this time period. Then my sister and her husband bought a home and they got two dobermans from a rescue. At first, I admit that I laughed at them because their dogs have their own bedrooms with their own beds and a fancy sign with their name hanging on the wall above their bed. Framed pictures are displayed throughout their home of the dogs. The dogs are pampered, spoiled, they do have a dog house out in the backyard-a heated/air conditioned dog house but the dogs never go in there. The dogs each have a remote control collar thing around their necks that open a door to the backyard so that they can enter and exit the house at will. I forgot to mention that the dogs are taken to swim at some special doggy facility on a weekly basis. Of course they dogs are exercised religiously everyday as well.
When I first brought my GSD home-I was convinced that I would never be as silly as my sister. I was convinced that she treated her dogs that way because she has no children (doesn't want any) and so she and her hubby must be using the dogs as a human child replacement. But now, I have also become a source of laughter to my family. I do treat my dogs like I treat my kids. I now don't understand how my parents left our dogs outside all the time like that. I do sometimes chuckle to myself when I find myself cooking a bland meal for the dogs if they have an upset stomach. As I mix the rice and chicken together in their bowls I think-who would have imagined me cooking for a dog? Yes, my dogs have birthday parties and Christmas presents and the whole 9 yards.
Do you treat your dog like kids? Or are you one of the people who are laughing at us? Share your feelings on this.
*US Army Mom*
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Last edited by Germanshepherdlova; 12-02-2011 at 10:17 AM.