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Do You Call Yourself a Pet Parent?

Do You Call Yourself a Pet Parent?

I have to admit, up until now I’ve resisted the term “Pet Parent”… that is until last night. Previously, I considered Sanchez and Gina my canine companions, not my children. Yet, the events of last evening were similar to the events any loving parent has experienced, probably a multitude of times.

Post concert with Sanchez and Gina

 

Sanchez, my 11-year-old Labrador was up the entire night vomiting. I was worried sick about him and was also up all night. It didn’t matter that I was performing a concert today with a demanding piano program, not to mention that the concert was in my home that he was getting sick in. Sanchez was still my responsibility and he came first.

I don’t have human children, so I don’t know what it’s like to take care of them 24/7.  But, I imagine there are similarities. I would go to the end of the earth for my dogs, as they do for me. I didn’t give birth to them and they come with four legs and fur.  But, I when I adopted them, I committed to a lifetime of care, affection and love, health and dental for life, positive reinforcement dog training, time off-leash daily, playtime, and …. If that’s not called being a pet parent, I don’t know what is.

How about you? Do you call yourself a pet parent? Is there another name you prefer? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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4:38PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

I am definitely a pet parent and my furbaby and those that I babysit seem to be just fine with being babied. My husband and some of my friends do some eye rolling now and then, but oh well.

9:38PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Absolutely! My dog is part of the family and loved dearly.

9:32PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

My girls (dogs) are my kids. I talk about them to others as "my older girl" or my "youngest daughter". Some people ask me if I have kids. I say yes, just not the two legged kind.

7:19AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Without a doubt, mom :) They are my babies...

11:47AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

I AM THEIR "MUDDER", MEANING MOMMY. I AM ALSO A FUR GRANDMOTHER & A FUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER TO MY KIDS' DOGGIES & MY GRANDKIDS' DOGGIES & 2 KITTIES (ALL RESCUES, EXCEPT 3). EACH KID & GRANDKID HAS 3.

6:27AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I am definitely "mummuy" to my dogs. They are my children except my human children rarely visit or contact me at all whereas my canine children love me, give me great joy, companionship, laughter and tears when they die.....many, many tears. Yes, I am a proud dog parent!

6:27AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I am definitely "mummuy" to my dogs. They are my children except my human children rarely visit or contact me at all whereas my canine children love me, give me great joy, companionship, laughter and tears when they die.....many, many tears. Yes, I am a proud dog parent!

6:12AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I DO NOT call them pets. They are companions. If given the opportunity, they choose you and NOT all the way around. That, in itself, it is a BLESSING! The rest is all adventures!

5:20PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

I am Mother or Mommy depending on which pet.

11:19AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Yes! And to the little birdies and squirrels too!:)

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