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Is it wrong that I take so many pictures of my GSD's and post them, and treating them like they are my children?

I'm asking this because on my profile (not on this site) I have about 12 pics of them, and everyday I get strangers to contact me and telling me that I'm wrong for it and that dogs aren't humans and should be treated as animals.

I don't have kids, so I do give them all my attention...Maybe I should back off of that or something?
 

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I don't understand what could possibly be wrong with that...I don't have kids either and all I have is pics of my dogs...no one has ever said anything to me about it..
 

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Wow, I have like 500 pics of my dogs on my website (thousands on my external hard drive). I am a terribly responsible pet parent and have referred to my vet as our pediatrician.
He has become a good and valued friend. I made a commitment when I brought home Samson (and when Allie was still alive) and will see that commitment through.

I don't have children but love our friends and family's kids. I just prefer our GSDs.

I just ignore people who think they know better. God gave this life to ME. Oh, and the sign on my website says, "A spoilt rotten dog lives here." And he does.
 

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Yeah, I really don't get it either, I mean if they were bad pics I could understand, but there not, every pic I have posted on the profile has been posted here before.

I think sometimes that people just get jealous or something...But who knows!?!?
 

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Originally Posted By: DeirdreWow, I have like 500 pics of my dogs on my website (thousands on my external hard drive). I am a terribly responsible pet parent and have referred to my vet as our pediatrician.
He has become a good and valued friend. I made a commitment when I brought home Samson (and when Allie was still alive) and will see that commitment through.

I don't have children but love our friends and family's kids. I just prefer our GSDs.

I just ignore people who think they know better. God gave this life to ME. Oh, and the sign on my website says, "A spoilt rotten dog lives here." And he does.
I can imagine that sign is adorable!!!
 

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My mom gives me grief about it b/c I photograph my pets on a daily basis (along with other things like nature, random objects, what I'm doing...). I just tell her, "well mom, if I ever give you a grandbaby, think of how many pics you'll have then!!"
 

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I have more pics of my dogs than I do my own child!

My kid gets irritated if I follow him around with the camera. The dogs don't care so they are always my "test" sujects when I'm trying a new setting on the camera or just all around bored.

I don't see anything wrong with it. Who cares what anyone else says!!
 

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I dont mind saying Sarge is a huge part of our family, he gets treated like hes our son, he goes where we go and hangs out with us all the time. Inside or outside, Sarge is right there. My kids are grown and moved on now. I wish they were half as well behaved when they were little as sarge is...lol

If im going to visit and find out sarge is not welcome...I dont go!!! If I cant bring sarge...then you come and see me!!! lol
 

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I think some people just don't get how important our dogs (horses, cats) are to us. They have never had a relationship like that with an animal, and I feel badly for them. My life is so much fuller because of them, and if I want to have a thousand pictures of my horses and my pupster then if somebody doesn't like it they don't have to look. But don't say it's wrong, because it isn't.
What are the people who are telling you it's wrong passionate about? Their STUFF?

Oh, and I DO have kids. I love my kids with everything I have. Having said that...The animals who enrich my life give me back some of what my kids suck out of me every day. Hope that does not sound too harsh. Just the truth.
 

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I have an ever rotating favorite pic of my dogs as my desktop pic at work, and a screensaver of HUNDREDS of pics of my dogs, cats, and orchids. Everyone at work knows how nutty I am about my pets, and while they may not actually understand, they accept that that's how I am. No kids by choice, my pets are my family.


I don't see a thing wrong with it, and I'd spend about as much time worrying about what others think of your devotion to your dogs as the subject deserves. Which is less than it took to type out your initial post.
 

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Originally Posted By: LucinaThe animals who enrich my life give me back some of what my kids suck out of me every day. Hope that does not sound too harsh. Just the truth.
I completely understand that statement. We totally love our kids. It's a love so great that it can't even compare to what we feel for our dogs (and we love our dogs a great deal!).

However, kids will just suck the life right out of ya! LOL!

You want to cuddle? "No way mom, that's retarded"

You want to play? "Ummm...sure...but my friends are coming over in 5 minutes so we have to make it fast"

You want to talk? "Yea, uh huh, sure, ok, ummm" All this while the child is playing his video game.

You want to take them somewhere? "Hey mom, can I have this" "But why not, you never buy me anything".

Tell them no? "But why" "But why" "But why"

You can do any of that with a dog and you don't hear one word out of them. They are happy with whatever you are happy with. Dogs can make up for what children lack in a lot of ways, and I think you said it quite well in your statement above!
 

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Originally Posted By: butch33611I dont mind saying Sarge is a huge part of our family, he gets treated like hes our son, he goes where we go and hangs out with us all the time. Inside or outside, Sarge is right there. My kids are grown and moved on now. I wish they were half as well behaved when they were little as sarge is...lol

If im going to visit and find out sarge is not welcome...I dont go!!! If I cant bring sarge...then you come and see me!!! l
We are the same way, if Emma (most of the time she stays, she doesn't care for car rides, unless we are going to be gone a long time, then she goes) and Elle can't tag along, then we're out, we aren't coming to that....& everyone knows when they come over, get used to the girls, cause I'm not going to tie them up or put them out, I mean besides it is their home, and they should be free to be in the room with everyone else!
 

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I've just married into a NON-doggy family. They are stunned that major life choices (such as a move across the country that is in my furute) could be influenced by a DOG.

Dogs (cats, ferrets etc.) are our family. All the time devoted to reading training books, researching raw diet plans online, shopping for grooming tools, toys, etc... going to classes or finding the right trainer.. it's a lifelong devotion that flows in both directions.
 

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Originally Posted By: JenniferkyIs it wrong that I take so many pictures of my GSD's and post them, and treating them like they are my children?

I'm asking this because on my profile (not on this site) I have about 12 pics of them, and everyday I get strangers to contact me and telling me that I'm wrong for it and that dogs aren't humans and should be treated as animals.

I don't have kids, so I do give them all my attention...Maybe I should back off of that or something?
If I were you I wouldn't let it bother me. If complete strangers don't like the fact that you have so many pictures of dogs that's their problem, not yours. Blow them off and continue doing what makes you happy!!!
 

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Originally Posted By: Jenniferky
Originally Posted By: butch33611I dont mind saying Sarge is a huge part of our family, he gets treated like hes our son, he goes where we go and hangs out with us all the time. Inside or outside, Sarge is right there. My kids are grown and moved on now. I wish they were half as well behaved when they were little as sarge is...lol

If im going to visit and find out sarge is not welcome...I dont go!!! If I cant bring sarge...then you come and see me!!! l
everyone knows when they come over, get used to the girls, cause I'm not going to tie them up or put them out, I mean besides it is their home, and they should be free to be in the room with everyone else!
I dont put sarge outside for anybody. When we have company he likes to get it pets in and then he lays on his rug and just watches everybody. He doesnt bother a soul, so if you have a problem with that....dont come to OUR house because my wife and I and sarge live there.
 

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If it's wrong then I don't wanna be right. :p

I have lost track of all the pics I have of mine!

I spend more time with my dogs than friends or family. I base things I do around them. When I used to live in FL I had a friend who lived about an hr away so we hardly got together and I had to cancel on her a number of times because the dogs had been crated all day and it wasn't fair to re-crate them while I went out to visit for several hours.
 

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I love my dogs but I don't treat them like I would kids. (I don't think) I don't have kids so who knows how I would treat kids!

They are dogs - I don't see as that is any loftier than kids. I don't have to save thousands for their college education or worry about buying them a car. The dogs seem to be a lot easier to direct than kids....
But they won't take care of me financially in my old age! They don't even have a stash of bones!
 
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