Like Children

Its probably obvious that we treat Eve and Link as if they were actual children.  I’m assuming many people out there also consider their dogs to be just like real kids…needing care, close supervision, and patient loving.

I have no idea if I will ever have children of my own, but I’m sure that raising these two devils is a great way to ease into the challenges of caring for someone other than yourself.  That obviously means sacrifcing some sleep (Link needed to get up at 3am and 4am last night to go to the bathroom), some blood (Eve has left both of us with a few gashes), and some cash (veterinary bills are not cheap).

But besides sacrifices, the dogs are like kids in that they allow us to share some our favorite memories.  Our pups are becoming a part of our new memories as well as our old ones.  For example, last week we took the pups to Kyle’s undergraduate alma mater in rural Virginia, James Madison University.  Kyle had not been back in the three years since he graduated.  The visit for the puppies was nothing more than another adventure with new sites and smells.  But it still had the feeling of sharing something special from the past with the young babies.  I’m sure it is a small fraction of what a father feels like when visiting a favorite baseball stadium for the first time with a son.


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6 responses

  1. lee brittan

    could you all try to be more adorable? i will gladly be one of your children any time you’d like. all we need to do is move to connecticut, get the volvo wagon and a white picket fence and we’re golden. xo

    July 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

  2. speaking of vet bills do you guys have insurance for link and eve? if you dont it’s a great investment! we got pet insurance for Dar when she was about 6months old and didnt have to use it til this year… and thank goodness we had it saved us a ton!

    July 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    • We did sign up for pet insurance after their first vet check with us. After doing our research we went with Trupanion. Most of the friends that I have or people I have met with Great Danes seem to have run into some sort of trouble whether it be knees or cancer. It seems if you want a giant breed, you must be ready for the giant vet bills.

      August 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

  3. mike

    i agree they are very much like children to an extent that you find yourself chatting with them openly and showing them the affection that you would show your own children i love my dogs as if they were my kids even those times you wish they were adults and moved out lol

    July 31, 2010 at 5:20 am

  4. stephanie Learned

    Insurance is a very good idea on dogs…. especially when u have to go to the emergency vet at 12 am.. My lab was running around outside with a sitck in her mouth and she some how ended up with the stick through her chest. That was a great office visit, she never wimpered or showed pain once though and when we got to the vet she ran face first into the glass doors. Our babies and all dogs oweners always have the best stories.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:07 am

  5. Haha…mike, we definitely chat with them all the time too.

    Stick in the chest? Wowie. That sounds scary.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm

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