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 & Mandie - the pugs

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:

Pug proof fence

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…

Cooking for my pugs

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!

Linking up with Grace, Ann and Bron. Have a wonderful weekend folks!

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23 Responses

  1. As long as they aren’t like teenagers…..ha!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..#Haunted2015 – Inner City

  2. Oh they are seriously cute!!! I’ve never really been a pet person. I love dogs sure, but I’m happy to hand them back at the end of the day 🙂 I guess it’s only a matter of time until the girls wear us down though and we get one 🙂
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  3. Mum used to marinate and bake chicken legs for her dog then each night he’d have a plate of gently warmed chicken leg meat, carefully screened for bones and excess gristle! I remember an uncle coming to stay and getting in trouble for helping himself to the dog’s dinner!
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  4. We looked after my teachers boxer when he went on holidays once and the dinner we had to make her was crazy, it was like making a human meal. I can’t remember exactly what was in it but I know it required mixing up a huge bowl of meat, an egg, dog biscuits, breadcrumbs and a heap of other stuff. It was more food than I’d eat in like 3 days.

    My kittens were like babies when they first came home, crying all night and wanting to be with me all day long. At least cats are easier to toilet train than dogs though.
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  5. I’d also say that toddlers can be like pets 😉 Poo everywhere! Everything you love destroyed! 😉
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  6. Denise says:

    They are adorable! I’ve wanted a dog for years, but now that I have a toddler there’s no way I could cope with a puppy in the mix. I’ll wait until my son is old enough to help walk and feed one 🙂
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  7. Oh my goodness I have always wanted a pugs. The photo is just gorgeous!!! Love Love. However I have to say with a toddler on my hands at the moment you have reminded me NOT to get a pet at this time….perhaps wait a bit! I don’t need two toddlers + a baby just right now. Sounds like hard work but gosh they are cute!!!!!

  8. Oh yes, I hear ya. I know I love my kitty because I clean out her litter tray and never complain 🙂 . And the hair!!!! Needless to say I have a black dress on today and she had to come and sit on my lap before. Thank goodness I don’t have to go out anywhere …
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  9. We have done this in reverse! We had 2 Jack Russell’s first and now we have 1 toddler. There are definitely similarities. Every time we are asked about when we are having another baby we point out that we basically have 3 babies already (and a cat!). Coincidentally I have just posted about cooking homemade dog food 🙂
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  10. They are so cute! I remember when we first got our puppy Bentley and it was a wake up call on how much work he was to train. He’s now 7 years old and much easier to handle than my toddler and baby. It does get better!
    Bec @ The Plumbette recently posted..Could a 4 day work week change your family’s life?

  11. They are very cute and I’m sure they love you for their meat patties! We’ve only had our dog for a couple of months too and luckily there’ve been no escape attempts or toilet issues. He does still love to jump up on people though, which is wearing pretty thin with some of our friends. Oops! But, just like toddlers, they don’t learn their lessons overnight. We’ll keep working on it.
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  12. The craziest thing was painting that stuff you use when you want to stop biting your fingernails along the entirety of a bamboo fence the dogs kept gnawing on. It worked!
    Pinky Poinker recently posted..Is My Dog Smarter than your Child?

  13. They are seriously cute! My family are all desperate for a dog but my daughter is still a toddler and I don’t think I could cope with another! It’s hard enough cooking food that my children will eat let alone throwing some dog baking into the mix! But… they are SERIOUSLY cute.

  14. We are currently in the “toilet training” phase and it’s doing my head in!! I am drowning in poo!! Our other cavalier (who is 2) has decided that he wants to start pooing in the house too!! I can’t wait for this stage to be over…..
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  15. This is exactly why they say that people get pets to trial run parenthood!!!
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  16. Ha ha this sounds like our recently adopted cats! We have had to sort out food for fussy eaters, an enclosure, and we have had plenty of health issues too. Weirdest thing that we have had to do is try and get antibiotic drops into one of their ears – I can definitely say that cats don’t like ear drops much! We love them like crazy though and can’t imagine life without them now!
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  17. I honestly think pets – puppies specifically are more intense than a baby, & we’ve had six babies so that is saying something. The fact that I’m considering getting another dog because we aren’t planning on having a #7 child & I need to do something with all these ovary screaming hormones shows just how crazy I must be!

    But your pugs are so incredibly cute!
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  18. That is so cute, cooking for your babies… it’s going to be awhile before we get a pooch!
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..Jugs and feisty women.

  19. Handy Hubby is keen for us to get a dog but two tornadoes and one cat is currently enough. Mr TT (2.5) is a runner and still to be toilet trained so adding a dog into the mix would just be too much (plus he might learn some bad toileting habits!). Until the kids are older to help out, I’m happy with our beautiful cat who is great at cuddles, cleans herself and times her entry into the house around when the kids aren’t around to chase her (she’s clever like that) 🙂
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  20. What a great post for today’s link up. One reason we wont have pets again is some of what you wrote about. To be honest, we can not envisage giving a pet the time it deserves. I am so glad these pugs bring you all such joy. Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 8/52. Next Week: Taking Stock.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I honestly can’t imagine life without them now. Life in many ways would be easier without them but it would not be as fun or entertaining!

  21. All I could think of as I read this post was your pug making pug noises during your daughter’s book review of Cheer Chick Charlie. LOL. Still makes me smile every time I think of it.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit recently posted..Day 2685 – Apparently pets are good for our health

    • Kirsty says:

      Hahaha! They’re currently snoring (very loudly and not in unison!) at my feet. They certainly know how to keep me company!!!

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