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.
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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