Those who know me are fully aware of my love for my pets. I have two dogs and a cat and would do anything for them. I do, actually, refer to them as my furbabies. However, since becoming a mom my eyes have been opened to an interesting debate regarding “animal parents”. Are they really parents?
I have seen the debate happen a few times on my Facebook feed (right around Mother’s Day) and I stayed quiet on the topic because, the truth is, I am not sure where I stand. I can see both sides of the argument. Recently, I came across this article on Good Housekeeping and found it to be a bit absurd.
I can understand how someone could love their pet fiercely and want to protect them and keep them happy. They are so loyal and love you unconditionally. However, I disagree that being a parent to a dog or a cat is equal to the act of raising a human. The responsibility differs greatly.
If my dog or cat’s life was taken it would be a huge heartbreak. I have been through it before and literally needed to take time off of work. On the other hand, if my child’s life was taken it would destroy me and I would be missing a piece of me forever. It feels as if my love for Baby Z grows more every day and my love for her is infinite and unconditional. The love is so big and something I have never experienced before that it actually scares me a little bit (because she’s only 7 months old!).
What is your opinion on the topic?
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