Being a dog lover is like being the fun aunt to your brother’s kid. You get to enjoy spending quality time with them while not having to deal with the “taking care” and “responsibility” part.
Almost everyone can be a dog lover, but not everyone is a dog parent. When I told my roommate this she however disagreed vehemently and asked me for joint custody of my dog when we stop living together. *SMH*
So here’s how I made my case:
1. Dog lovers get to sleep in, a lovely, beautiful luxury that isn’t afforded to dog parents, who are at the mercy of their dog’s schedule.
2. Dog lovers can spread out on their beds, roll around in it and basically sleep any which way, because well it’s your bed. In dog parent world your bed is your dog’s. Your couch is your dog’s. Your blankets are your dog’s. Your pillows are your dog’s. Basically everything you own is your dog’s by default.
3. Dog parents are privy to this one secret — “Everyone thinks they have the best dog in the world and none of them are wrong.“
4. Don’t even get us started on vacations. Dog parents everywhere know what I’m talking about.
5. Yes, almost everyone cries when a dog dies in a movie. However if you’re a dog parent, you’ll sob and sob and hold your pup so tight and never let them go.
6. Dog lovers take pictures and move on with their lives but with dog parents you’ll constantly hear, “Look here… please just look at the camera, Yoooohoooooo, woof woof, hi puppy hiiiiieeeee, you wanna treat, looook here!” in the squeakiest voice possible.
7. Dog lovers meet dogs, say hi, maybe play a little and then it’s byeeee until we meet again. Dog parents meet dogs and instantly ask a million questions. I recently asked a stranger on the street if they’d like me to dog-sit for them since my dog got along so well with theirs.