I’m not sure what it is about my generation, but a lot of us really love our dogs. We think our dogs are children and may even take it a little too far. I fit into this group with the best of the crazy dog moms out there. There are articles where dogs take newborn photos and there are mothers of human children out there getting angry at the attention we spend on our dogs.
I’m pretty sure at least once of twice a week there is a post on Facebook or twitter where people call out fur moms for acting like their dogs are children. My response to this (I should stop responding) is always that I know dogs are less work and responsibility, that’s why I chose to have them. At the same time I find a lot of fulfillment in taking care of another living creature.
I asked one of my good friends, Alysha, to help me out with this post. Alysha and I have known each other since we were 10. We went to elementary together, we used to rollerblade around the neighborhood, scout out hot guys at the pool, go on family vacations together and we even went on our senior trip together. Alysha is a fantastic mother, I knew that she was going to have kids the moment she was ready, because she’s always wanted kids. She is a fantastic big sister and I think that played a roll in her wanting a family of her own. I on the other hand opted for dogs. I explained to Alysha that I wanted to do a post that was short and sweet and help explained some differences and similarities between being a dog mom and a real mom. Alysha, being the awesome friend she is, obliged and here we are.
How many dogs do you have? 2 (1 boy and 1 girl)
With your first, how did it affect your sleep schedule?
Alysha: Waking up multiple times a night and NO sleeping in.
Miki: When we got Shia it was a HUGE change, we were waking up 4 or 5 times a night to let her go out and comfort her. Now, that both dogs are potty trained, they usually sleep through the night unless they’re sick or didn’t get enough exercise. My dogs will sleep in as long as I do, sometimes that’s noon.
How did your daily schedule change?
Alysha: It’s no longer your schedule, it’s all about the babies schedule.
Miki: Well we have a bedtime routine for the dogs, where I block out 30 minutes to brush their teeth, wash our their tear stains, clean their ears and take them out for one last bathroom break. That’s still hard for me!
What was the toughest thing to get used?
Alysha: You can’t just pick up and leave, the more kids the harder and longer it takes to get out the door!
Miki: Always remembering to keep stocked up on dog food and dog treats. For Jared (never having had a dog before) I’m sure picking up dog poop is the toughest thing to get used to.
Have you ever had poop touch your bare skin?
Alysha: All the time!!
Miki: Three times and each time I dry heaved for at least 10 minutes.
Do you have to cater to them to a special diet?
Alysha: Depends on the baby, some babies are lactose intolerant
Miki: Yes, Shia has allergies, so she has to have holistic duck flavored food, which translates to being expensive.
What do you do when you go out of town without them?
Alysha: Have family watch them but downfall is you can’t go with the family without the kids…
Miki: My brother stays at our house and watches them or I take them to my parents.
What the coolest thing your kids can do?
Alysha: EVERYTHING! As a parent all the new things they do is amazing and the coolest!
Miki: Shia can high-five, which a pretty fun party trick. Indie doesn’t know any tricks, sitting is tough for him…
Do your kids have any bad habits?
Alysha: Pestering each other, attitude! Haha
Miki: Well Indie is a jumper and Shia is a little over-protective.
I know there are a thousand ways that dogs and children are different/similar. I told a co-worker about this post and I loved his response, which was something like.. “The cool thing about dogs is that they seem really advanced, because they’re walking, potty trained and obeying commands after only a few months, but they also can never learn things that kids learn even though development seems to take longer, like speaking to you, learning to drive, choosing a career path and even choosing a movie they like.”
What differences and similarities do you see between having kids/ dogs?