Dogs. Often referred to as a man’s best friend. We are one of those couples who decided to get a puppy a few years into our marriage, you know, sans kids. Years later, we now have two beautiful children and two dogs. Dogs and children are alike in many ways. They eat a lot and rely on you to train them. However, there are many ways in which they are different.
10 Ways Dogs are Easier than Kids:
- They eat the same thing every.single.day, without any complaints or whining!
- They never outgrow napping.
- It’s not frowned upon to leash them.
- You get to leave them at home alone, by themselves nonetheless (even when they are a baby!).
- They are easily fooled by a pill covered in peanut butter.
- They don’t complain about what’s on the television or radio.
- Once they know their basic commands, their training is done. There are no flash cards or kindergarten readiness tests.
- You never have to worry about them leaving sticking food remnants all over the dinner table, chairs and floor.
- They will always welcome a hug or kiss from you no matter what public place you may be in.
- There is no greater example of unconditional love than what they give their owners.
10 Ways Kids are Easier than Dogs:
- Picking up poop for your pup is forever.
- Kids are accepted more places than your dog (i.e. your friends house, restaurants, retail stores, vacation rentals, airplanes, etc).
- If the weather outside is frightful, kids are content with staying in to watch movies. Your pup will still need that walk.
- During the teething stage, your kids won’t go for your expensive boots or bras.
- Dogs require monthly medication to keep them bug free.
- Kids are less likely to leave hair on your sweater.
- Kids outgrow climbing into your bed at night (not to mention sleeping on your face).
- Dogs are not capable of grabbing themselves a snack and water (that is unless you count chewing up the plastic food container, proceed to eat all the dog food in said container, then proceed to get sick all over the house).
- Along with #8, when kids get sick, you can pick them up and place in the bath without them touching anything or making a bigger mess. It’s a little more difficult with a 120 lb. dog.
- Did I mention the lifetime commitment to poop scooping?
What did I miss?
It’s true. Dogs annoy me sometimes (a lot of the times) but they truly are our family’s best friends. I was very reluctant to getting a dog in the beginning. Mainly because I was foreign to the animal having grown up with no pets. But they have grown on me and our family dynamic wouldn’t be the same without them. Do you have a dog? Can you relate? Are you avoiding jumping on the pet bandwagon?