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.