Remember that beautiful moment when you brought home your first bundle of joy? The whole world seemed to change, become smaller, and begin to revolve around your sweet, innocent – dog. Even if you are now the proud parent of a tiny human or two, you’ll never forget your very first pup. The one that first taught you the joy of loving another creature more than you love yourself. Here are 6 signs your dog is your firstborn child…
1. Your dog’s comfort is more important than your own.
After a long, hard day, you just want to crash, but you find your pooch sprawled adorably across your sheets. It’s these situations that separate the dog owners from the pawrents. While some simply command their dogs off the bed, pawrents contort their bodies into advanced yoga poses in order to preserve the comfort of their pups!
2. You refer to your pup as your “son” or “daughter”.
If you regale coworkers, friends, baristas and perfect strangers with stories of little Howard’s first haircut or trip to the beach, you may be a proud parent – or a doting pawrent! If your dog is your firstborn, you want to share every experience with the people around you. Surely they are fascinated by Susie’s remarkable potty training progress…right?
3. You are a “helicopter pawrent”.
Is your home decked out with padded corners, cabinet locks, and outlet protectors? Do you insist on inspecting each blade of grass or inch of pavement before your pooch places a precious paw there? Congratulations, you are a helicopter pawrent! But don’t worry, it gets better with time and experience. By the time you have your second dog – or first child – you won’t bat an eye when he puts a dirty toy in his mouth! With that said, there’s no shame in embracing the mantra, “safety first!”