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Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Fido

A study in New Scientist reported that pet dogs rival humans for emotional satisfaction. After playing with their pets, dog owners experienced a burst in a hormone linked to infant care. I honestly have had more experience playing with puppies than taking care of infants, so I can’t compare. But I do know that my engagement and relationship bonding with my dogs is extremely emotionally satisfying. It’s not surprising to me that Dr. Rollin McCarty, Director of Research at the Institute of HeartMath, conducted an experiment and found that heart-rhythm entrainment, or synchronization, occurs between people and their dogs.

There are 75.1 million children in the United States. projects that number will increase to over 100 million by the year 2050. I don’t need to educate Care2 readers on the environmental challenges of over-population. At the end of 2009, The Humane Society reported there were 77.5 million owned dogs in the U.S. and 93.6 million cats. The pet over-population problem is out of control.

So, this Mother’s Day, I’m going to enjoy being a mom, if only for a day. I’m not going to feel guilty raising good canine citizens instead of good children. I’m going to be proud of my choice to not add to the over human population and remind myself that I am helping the pet over-population. And maybe I’ll even end the day by inviting them to sleep with me.

If you have pets and no children, do you think of yourself as a pet-mom? Thanks for sharing your comments below.


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By Lisa Spector, Juilliard Graduate, Canine Music Expert and co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear.

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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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5:45PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

No doubt about it -- I'm Mom to my two dogs. Like you, I have no two-legged children, and I can begin to feel very sorry for myself -- until I hear some of my friends' stories. My furkids have never taken money from my purse, broken into my home to steal, lied to me or about me, or betrayed my trust in any way. Who wouldn't want to be their mom?

8:34AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:13PM PDT on May 31, 2013

My female family members consider themselves to be fur-mommies as well as human mommies. :)

2:59AM PDT on May 25, 2013


1:12AM PDT on May 23, 2013

thank you for sharing this story

12:27AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Pets are very worthwhile children to spend Mother's Day with.

2:02AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Happy Mother's Day.

1:24AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Best friends ever :-)

12:22AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

8:38PM PDT on May 15, 2013

How nice.

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