Confessions From A Crazy Pet Parent

April 28 is National Pet Parent’s Day®. VPI Pet Insurance started celebrating the holiday five years ago to help honor people with pets who consider them part of our family. I have to admit, even though my dogs are my family, I don’t often think of myself as a pet parent. I just think I’m a very dedicated dog lover. But, the truth is, I go to the ends of the earth for my dogs and pets I don’t even know. And, I confess, I can be a little obsessive about the care of my dogs. Call me crazy, but I’ve done all of these in the past week:

  • I got stung by a bee and was happy it was me and not one of my dogs.

    Playtime with Gina after agility

  • I ate my meal outside in the cold shade, so that Sanchez didn’t have to be in the sun.
  • I set my alarm for 4:30 am on a Saturday and drove two hours to an agility trial with Gina.
  • With my dogs in the car, I drove around for five minutes looking for parking. When I finally found a spot, it was near noisy construction, so I set out to look for another parking spot.
  • After driving for an hour, I was five minutes from home when I remembered that I was out of raw dog food. I turned around and drove an extra twenty minutes, round trip, to the pet supply store.
  • I took at least 50 100 pictures of my dogs on my iPhone.
  • I sent dozens of those pictures in texts to dog-loving friends.
  • I went to a Pet Parent’s appreciation event at Google.
  • I played the piano for my dogs.
  • I drove around for an extra ten minutes, to find the perfect shady spot for my dogs.
  • When I found the shady spot, I left calming canine music playing for them after I parked.
  • I took my dogs to several dog-friendly stores.

Are you a dedicated pet parent? Have others called you crazy because of all you do for your pets? If so, what are some of the things you do that others may consider a little “over the top”? Thanks for fessing up in a comment below.

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W. C
W. Cabout a month ago


William C
William Cabout a month ago

Thank you for the article.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown2 years ago

_Please flag these stupid spammers!

Laura T.
Laura T4 years ago

my pets are a big part of my life too, the best part

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Elba Lozano
Elba Lozano4 years ago

You´re not crazy ...!! Liza , you are a beautiful person !! Thank you.

Ryan Yehling
Ryan Yehling4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Dale O.

One has to wonder why there are some who feel that writing about pet companions is a ‘questionable activity’, invalid and a waste of time. Many members in Care2 enjoy being with cats, dogs and a variety of other animals that live with us. Sharing their stories is quite delightful and taking time out to watch videos is often relaxing.

Suzanne P laments: "Why??? Did you write about this??? Who Cares if Your Dog Sleeps with you or Not...It's like asking a person what type of underwear they own..? Nothing Better To Do."

Dale O.

Pity, we all can't be ‘Cause Driven’ every nano-second. Some of us like to read about other people's pets...we can often relate to the stories, especially if we have furry friends in our own families. It is called empathy, sharing, laughing and also treasuring our own moments with our furry friends and remembering how lucky we are that they touch our lives not to mention the lives of so many others. No one forces anyone to read this article.

Sarah R.
Sarah Ramsay4 years ago

I am the same, I confess it.

I had always loved cats but when I finally got my own breeding Birman everything revolved around her, she is very social and I took her everywhere as a kitten, even now I love taking her to the vet because they fuss over her because she is such a beauty, I would be lost without her and worry constantly about finding her a suitable stud for next time sometimes Months in advance. And I love each and everyone of her gorgeous kittens and I would do anything for my babies. They get the best of everything that I can afford to get the best start to life possible and I am always rewarded by the kittens having the most beautiful personalities you can imagine.