Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm Missing Something Here?

Well as you know we recently attended Harley the Dog's 2nd birthday party. Ok, that is a little weird for us non-dog crazy people. Yes we have a dog Wally and he lives outside, eats & sleeps outside and is never allowed in the car, house, beds or on family vacations. He's fit and healthy, eats Aldi dog food and scraps. He has doesn't see a vet as I don't immunize my children, I'm not about to immunize the dog any further then his puppy shots. He gets bathed once a fortnight (thanks honey)and lives a happy life.

Now my girls have these dog's. Caitlin & James have toddler Harley & Ash & Matt have Missy & Vader. Matt works nights or later and comes home to the spare bed because the 2 dogs have his spot. The dogs eat million dollar dog food and are always at the vet. Caitlin was my, how do I put it delicately, my challenging child. Obedience was not her strong point. She is in obedience overdrive. "I just want a dog that is super trained, or really obedient or something like that she says." Heck you should see what Harley has to do! Clearly I missed something and all I really had to do was take my kids to the local puppy preschool and I would have all my parenting dreams fulfilled.

At the local dog park you will find a whole other world. A trip to walk your dog is actually more competitive than attending the same school as the Beckham's. Your 'parenting' skills are laid bare when your dog does not come immediately on command. Your dog must be pampered, preened and if any physiological issues are apparent your dog MUST see a therapist. No animal instincts are to be displayed in the dog park. No growling, barking, rough play with the other 'kids' will be tolerated.

I knew things were changing in the world when all the Baby Barns are now replaced with Pet Barns. We have more mega pet stores in our area than hardware's. All those warehouses have been bought out by pet stores. Is everyone just having 'animals' now. If I had to buy a pram I wouldn't know where to find a baby store. I have to drive miles for an educational store and its' tucked in the back of an industrial area.

Today while looking at some cool cupcake ideas I saw a previous post on "Puppy-cake Suckers" for dogs. I then read a little further and this is what Elisabeth said in the comments

Elizabeth said...

...and since I am perfectly normal too...these would have been great wedding treats for the dog wedding we attended a couple of summers ago for Dufus (the groom: german shepard) and Lilly (the bride: great dane). My dog, Max was the ring bearer (boston terrior)...they all dressed up in costumes. The bride & groom's owners I think just wanted an excuse to have a summer bbq. It was fun though... ;) {p.s. I'm making these for Max!}

Well I just don't know when a dog stopped being A DOG? If you will excuse me I'm going to finish the winter coats for Missy & Vader. Don't want them to catch a cold. I wonder if the snakes need a snuggly too?

Disclaimer~ Girls these opinions are my own & I do love your 'little ones'. No animals were harmed in the making of this post.


Tristan said...

Had to laugh and shake my head at the same time. I'm so NOT a pet person. Animals are just that - animals. Creatures God created, therefore deserving of respect and kindness. But they are NOT people, loved ones, babies, or children. Treating them like humans (birthday parties, weddings, and such) honestly makes me think that the animals have become an idol to that human. It's just mindboggling.

No offense intended to those mentioned in the post. We've just seen this in our own extended family and do not understand it.

Shanny said...

ROFLOL!!! Great post Donna. You had me laughing from beginning to end.