Dog moms are women who treat their four-legged friends as “fur babies.” They’re not just pets. They’re family.
If furry friends tug at your heart, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of Americans own at least one pet, and nearly half own a dog. Millennials top the charts with 61% dog ownership versus 37% of “Boomers,” according to recent Ameritrade research.
Women who personify pets may wonder, ”Does my dog think I’m his mom?” However, most dog moms keep a more balanced perspective. Responsible pet ownership discussions are common among couples who plan to start a family one day, as well as those currently trying to get pregnant or are budgeting for a baby.
There are many benefits of having a dog while pregnant. During life’s transitions, women enjoy dogs’ comforting presence, playful antics, heart-healthy stress relief, and motivation to go for w-a-l-k-s. Dogs can even prepare you for the joys, challenges, and demands of children while teaching kids about responsibility and unconditional love.
Still, many moms prefer to ease into pregnancy challenges before pet training or introducing pets to a new baby.
Whether you’re thinking about expanding your family or looking to start with a furry friend to dote on, you can begin your “dog mom” journey by appreciating the value of God’s creation.
Proud dog moms value God’s creatures
”But ask the animals, and they will teach you” [Job 12:7, NIV].
Although our pets aren’t children, animals are created and appreciated by their Creator, who saw that they were good [Genesis 1:24-25]. Dogs teach us how to love, serve, and trust. Most overlook flaws, aim to please, and appreciate their pack. Dogs model humility, loyalty, spontaneity, and heart. They teach us patience as they learn why they can’t chase cars or chew on shoes, furniture, or unattended sandwiches.
Mom and dog: important questions
To explore life as a dog mom, ask:
- Can you afford a dog? Costs range from pet food and grooming to veterinarian expenses. Dogs need basics like leashes, collars, and crates. In addition to upfront costs, some experts say it costs over $2,000 yearly to keep a healthy, happy pet. Other expenses may include emergency care. Budgeting is key.
- Does it suit your schedule and lifestyle? Dogs require time, training, exercise, pet care, pet sitters, potty breaks, play, and TLC. Some demand more activity and attention, whereas others are content to hang around the house. Research your ideal dog’s size, temperament, and traits.
- Where will you live? It’s not easy to find pet-friendly rentals or places that accept larger dogs. If you adopt, rescue organizations may require a fenced yard. If you live in a tall building, Fido can’t use a pet door when nature calls. Do you need an apartment-friendly miniature dachshund or a big dog who’ll go running with you?
- Do you travel a lot? Will your pup need doggy daycare? Can family or friends pet sit? Finding pet-friendly lodging and transportation complicates plans and budgets.
- Will you have children sooner or later? If you hope to start a family, choose child-friendly breeds that will fit your lifestyle. Make sure you research to learn more about specific dogs and how they might interact with your little ones.
“Without my dog, my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.”
Dog Mom quotes and insights
Dog Moms and other fans shed light on the blessings we get from some of God’s most affectionate creatures:
“If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile, I’d be a millionaire.” – Unknown
“It’s amazing how much love and laughter pets bring into our lives and how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” – Sidney Jeanne Seward
“Dogs like that, I guess they know how to fix you without saying a word.” – Caroline George
“The friendship of a dog is precious.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human.” – Rachael Ray
“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” – Unknown
“Puppies are God’s idea of a perfect workout program.” – Stephen King
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams
“Without my dog, my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.” – Unknown
“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and a responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” – James Cromwell
“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Turnbull
“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – Unknown
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