For many Millennials today, a dog is more than a best friend. Today, your dog is probably treated more like your child than your pet. They join you at cafés, on dates, and even keep you company at your office. They play a crucial role in the family as your sweet, lovable, dependent. Can a dog ever be just a dog? We don’t think so. Here are 5 indisputable signs that your dog is actually your child.
One: You take your dog for Ice Cream
They joy of getting ice cream on hot day is really about sharing it with the “people” you love. If your dog can’t come, you’re not going, and fortunately, there is no shortage of outdoor ice cream shops for you to enjoy together. You know that ice cream is going to give your baby an upset stomach, but it’s worth it for that smile. You also know what foods you can actually share with your baby and what will make them sick.
Two: Your spending habits change
You used to want new clothes, but since your pup came into your life, like all new parents, you’d rather spend your money on your child. Specialty bones, freeze dried treats, and doggie rain gear have become essentials in your budget.
Three: You make new friends through your dog
Running errands used to be just that, but now that you’ve got a fur baby at your side, you’re stopping on every block to socialize with puppies and their humans. Since your dog has their own taste in friends, you’ve started meeting people outside your usual social circle.
Four: You regularly redecorate their bedroom
You cleared out a corner of your room and designed a space your pup could call their own. But it doesn’t really matter because your dog sleeps in your bed most nights and takes up the majority of your space. But you love it, because that dog is your child we’re talking about here.
Five: You plan entire daily activities around their happiness and wellbeing
You plan beach days, choose dog friendly hikes, and even pay for agility classes and daycare to give your dog a full life. You don’t drive a minivan but suddenly you’ve always got an extra towel handy for when the day’s adventure gets a little too dirty. Your dog may have just been groomed, but you’d never let that stop them from living their best life.