Good morning Coddled Crew!  I hope you had a relaxing weekend full of good times.  I know I sure did.  Paul, Riley, and I did a photo shoot to show off how fashionable our Business Bags can be!  Check out some of the results on our home page.  We had a lot of fun and I think the photos came out great.  We are starting to post some of them on Pinterest so make sure to pin us if you use Pinterest!

Today I want to talk about a certain situation that comes up often when I am around coworkers or friends who have kids.  This may be more relatable for those of you who don’t have kids.  Let me just run through an example of the conversation.

 

Context:  It is my first week of my new job and I am talking with my new coworkers.

Coworker: “My son last night was so naughty! He was just out of control. I could not get him to calm down.”

Me: “I know how you feel!  Last night I was eating dinner then I got up for a moment.  Next thing I know my dog was scarfing up my pasta!  I said, “Riley, no! Get down!”  He stopped, looked at me, then shoved his face into the bowl to get as much in his mouth as possible before I grabbed him and put him in his crate.”

Coworker:  “Oh wow!”

(end of conversation)

I have many conversations just like this comparing something Riley did to a friend’s child.  Sometimes my friends pretend it is a good comparison, but other friends just don’t get it.  I think it makes sense to compare Riley to children because he is my child!  I don’t have any kids so I don’t know exactly what it is like to have a human child, but often times they seem to be very similar!  Whenever someone asks me if I have kids, I will say, “No, but I have a dog!”  Those of you who have children and dogs will have to help me out on this one I guess!

Having children is a huge responsibility and I don’t mean to belittle the duty of parenting.  But having a dog is a huge responsibility as well.  You must train them to be nice to people, not to poop or pee in the house, not to chase the cat, to not be scared of bath time, the list goes on and on!  We feed them, clean up after their poops, take them to the vet, take them to puppy school, and buy them all sorts of cute things simply because they are cute!  

I have always called myself Riley’s mom and my parents are his Grammy and Grampy! Even my grandmother calls Riley her great grandpuppy.  Do you call yourself “Mom” or “Dad” when talking about your dog?  

I do not mean to insult any real human parents out there but only to draw a correlation between raising kids and dogs.  I know that I have learned so much from being Riley’s mom and they are skills that I will be able to use for any dogs or children in my future.  

I am interested to hear your opinion on this dog parent idea and if anyone else will bring up a story about your dog when talking to someone about the silly things kids do, like I do.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment below and give this post a “Like”!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Abbey