Pets are like toddlers
In collaboration with Pet Circle
It has been just over 5 months since we became pet owners. After years of wanting and waiting and dreaming, pet ownership is now our reality. In October, we proudly welcomed Evie and Mandie to our family – cute, aren’t they?
Evie is the fawn and Mandie the black – like kids, they are cutest when asleep…
You would think with years of dreaming and preparation (15 years to be exact) we would have had this whole pet ownership thing all sorted out, wouldn’t you?
I seriously had NO idea how difficult and outside my comfort zone pet ownership would be!
First off there’s been the hair. I did not realise how much hair pugs shed and because we have two (one dark and one light) it’s not easy to disguise. It’s everywhere and as soon as I clean it up, it’s back all over the place. For small dogs, pugs hold a massive amount of hair. Maybe I should try trawling Pinterest to see whether there is anything I can actually make with handfuls of dog hair?
Then there’s been the startling similarity I’ve found between pets and toddlers.
There’s been the trials of toilet training and sickness and sleep issues. Yep, all that has taken me right back to toddlerhood in a big way. Do you know that getting medicine down a pug’s throat requires as much skill as getting medicine into a baby? Doesn’t matter if it’s delivered via tablet or syringe – you think you’ve got it down there and, no, up it all comes again. As for wrangling them into harnesses? Probably harder than chasing a toddler at nappy change time…
The escape attempts have also been interesting to foil. Early on when Evie was a much smaller puppy, she had the uncanny ability to pretty much force herself through any opening. We’d find her upstairs after getting through the banisters; out in the large yard after squeezing through the gate; and even once, outside the yard after she challenged herself to get underneath the side fence. We’ve since come to understand that Evie accepts all challenges that she sets for herself.
If you have toddlers, does this sound at all familiar? See, it’s true. Pets are like toddlers!
Not surprisingly we have become regulars at our local hardware store as we have been forced to devise more and more elaborate ways to pug proof our house:
My solution? Put enough garden netting down to stop the gate from being opened at all…
Then there’s the dog food. Probably the biggest change has been the amount of time I spend in the kitchen to ensure I’m getting their food right. Pugs have a tendency to put on weight and it’s a fine balance to achieve healthy cuddly pug v fat corpulent pug. So I’ve continued to follow their breeder’s diet (dry kibble for breakfast and a mince, rice & vegetable patty for dinner) with a dental stick or chewy bone as an occasional treat.
I have to laugh as I never thought I would be the sort of owner who would cook meals especially for their dogs. Believe me there is some work in preparing THE perfect patty for my two fur girls. And to think I used to laugh at my parents for cooking meals and gravies especially for their pet. Well, how the mighty have fallen…
Me in the kitchen (don’t laugh!) lovingly preparing dinner for my pugs…
It’s funny – it doesn’t take long for you to fall in love with your pet and find yourself doing almost anything for them. Sure, I haven’t enjoyed every single moment of “new toddlerhood” with my two pugs (hello, toilet training…) but their love, devotion, playful personalities and cuddly natures have made our family complete after all those years of only being able to dream of pet ownership.
I know I will do anything I can to look after my pugs and keep them safe. And I guess all devoted pet owners would do the same for their fur babies as well.
Tell me – what is the craziest thing you have done for your pet?
Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation for this post however all views, opinions and experiences are honest and completely my own. As are the pugs – so hands off my beautiful girls!
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