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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120 comments

Christine Jones
Christine Jabout a year ago

How I refer to myself shows me what I'm feeling towards that particular animal. I foster shelter dogs. I try in vain not to get too attached, as it's heartbreaking when you have to part with them, even though you know logically it's the right thing. Recently I surprised myself when my current foster dog pinched something and I heard myself saying "No, that's Mummy's, not yours". Oh dear; then I knew I was a goner. :)

Olivia Dawson
Olivia Dawson1 years ago

No. Don't get me wrong, I love dogs, but treating them like children is cruel. Dogs like to know where they fit in the pack hierarchy, and its below humans every single time.

Silvia Steinhilber

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.

Jennifer W.
Jennifer W2 years ago

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

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H2 years ago

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.

Debbie N.
Debbie N2 years ago

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

June Sharp
June Sharp2 years ago

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.

Alexis preisser
Alexis Preisser2 years ago

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!

Alexis preisser
Alexis Preisser2 years ago

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!

Julia Cabrera-Woscek

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!