Life of a Parent (well not quite)…Fur Parent

When you don’t know if you are ready to be an actual parent, or maybe you are just lonely, be a fur parent! Dogs are great for tons of reasons. Owning one also has multiple benefits such as being practice for when you have kids, or being a substitute when you don’t want kids. Either way here are some reasons why you should get a dog, or just reasons of why dogs are their own kind of special.

1.You have the best cuddle buddy.


Never again will you sleep alone. If you need someone to hold at night; have no fear! Most dogs love to be held and loved (who doesn’t?) so they will never turn down a chance for you to show them affection.


2. Always greets you at the door.




Do you ever come home and have that feeling like something is missing? No one is there, no one cares, and no one appreciates the fact that you are home. Not when you have a dog. They wait all day for you to come back and play with them. Their day revolves around you and when you are home to spend time with them. A dog’s reaction when their owner comes home, is priceless. Nothing can replace that feeling for them, or for you.


3. Personal vacuum cleaner.

download-1.jpgEveryone hates it when they drop food on the floor. But nothing makes it worse than after you realize you just dropped a chicken tender with barbecue sauce, you now have to clean it up. Ladies and gentlemen I present you with the invention of the dog. He/she has now become your personal vacuum cleaner. Let me tell you, they will clean it ALL. Don’t worry about them not getting all of the sauce, because their job is to make sure that nothing is left. (Note: this does not mean that it is in any way, shape, or form okay for a dog to eat human food. Nor does it mean that it is a healthy alternative to dog food.)


4. Meaning you don’t have to.


Behind on vacuuming? You have a dog. Therefore it is such a good excuse for when your parents come over and question what you do with your life. Tell them “they just shed so much, I promise I vacuumed at the beginning of this week.” Works every time. What else works, is training your dog to help clean up! It is hard, but very doable. (Note: This post is not promoting violence towards any animal.)


5. Always have something to post on Instagram.


A dog parent’s Instagram feed is never lacking. It is hard to take a picture of a dog that you wouldn’t post. You want everyone to be interested in your pet’s life as much as you are. Now to clarify: this doesn’t mean you will have more likes; you just have more pictures to post.


6. You are never alone. Ever.


You are not alone when you get home, you are not alone when you go to bed, you are not alone when you are eating dinner, and you are not alone when you go to the bathroom. Granted some dogs have more of a separation anxiety than others, but you will most likely always have company and someone to talk to, even if they don’t talk back. Who wouldn’t want that?


7. Your parents have now become grandparents.


Think of it as practice for them as well. This gives you an excuse to buy them a(n) “I Love My Granddog” sticker on the back of their car. Grandparents of dogs means that now you always have a babysitter! Thanks Mom and Dad ❤


8. Always have a partner for Halloween. 


What is Batman without Robin? Or Mermaid Man without Barnacle Boy? What about Mickey without Minnie? No one can be without their sidekick or their partner in crime and life! Now you don’t have to be either. Whether it is Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, or Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, you will forever be together.


9. Unconditional love


He/She/They will never love anyone else as much as they love you. You are the only thing that they live for and count on, without you they have no one. Even though animals can’t speak english, it doesn’t mean that they don’t show how much they love you. This post is focused on dogs but it applies to all animals no matter the species. Animals love unconditionally and that is something that cannot be replaced.


-Kristan Cottle

13 thoughts on “Life of a Parent (well not quite)…Fur Parent

  1. As one of the biggest dog lovers in the world, I had to read this post as soon as I saw the picture with the dogs and the words “fur parent”. Since I was a child I have also wanted to have a dog, I have used so many arguments to convince my parents. However, my mother is allergic, so it was never going to happen. This blog also gave me some new ideas for arguments that have not thought about. I liked your humorous writing style and that you used a lot of pictures that complemented what you were saying. And despite, I will probably never have a dog, I can enjoy being around dogs of other people even more! I hope that someone who does not like dogs, reads this post and that you convinced them to become dog lovers, and hopefully new fur parents as well!

  2. I pet four dogs in the same day last week and it was probably the best day of the year. As someone who literally cannot help but smile when I see a dog, I loved reading your post. One point you made was that dogs give unconditionally love. It’s hard to find that in this world and that is why dogs are so great. I’m glad you also made the point that all animals can give that regardless of the species. You are also definitely right about the social media aspect. I follow a certain page on Instagram (@lokithewolfdog) and that pup goes on some amazing adventures. I hope this post reaches all the other dog lovers and makes them think about how lucky we really are!

  3. Great post! I love my dog and he has puts me in the best mood! I describe my dog any better then this article did!

  4. I love this article and I agree with every point you made. I have never known my life without dogs because I have had them in my family ever since I was born. Now, I have two dogs that my family rescued. More than half of my camera roll are pictures of my dogs, I think. They are genuinely one of the best animals to have around because they make me happier than anyone else can. I love that they always seem to know when you are having a bad day and cuddle with you whenever you need it. You have made great points in this article, and I hope it convinces everyone who reads it to get a dog, if they are able to!

  5. Dogs are truly a joy especially when you walk in after a long day! You know true love when you see the way a dog greats their owner. Not every person should have a dog, but those who are ready to commit to more than keeping a plant alive can definitely start with a pup! You have some funny points!

  6. I have been in debate about being a fur parent for a while now, and these are all great reasons to support why I should. Always having your dog to greet you at the door is a nice welcome home from your furry friend. Having a personal vacuum cleaner is a very practical reason to get a dog. Accidentally dropping food on the ground is no longer a worry with your dog around. Dressing up your dog for Halloween is something that brings joy to people of all ages. Seeing a dog in a costume will always make me laugh! Very well written article!

  7. I enjoy your article very thoroughly, the direction it uses to persuade people to take on the responsibility of a pet owner before being a parent is a very persuasive and encouraging aspect because many people don’t understand if they are ready to be a parent yet! Many people are just lonely and looking for an outlet and adopting or buying a furry friend is the best way to go about it.

  8. I definitely laughed throughout this article as I can relate to each point with my own dog. Dogs are the best pets to have around, and for me, I wouldn’t mind having 10 more (lol). I think the way you wrote this was very well- everything flowed together and seemed relevant. I liked the transition between steps 3 and 4, it was very clever. Well done!

  9. Absolutely loved this article and the Adopt don’t shop message! It’s something I personally post about weekly! There are so many benefits to dog ownership that people don’t realize especially with the cuddles and unconditional love. They are proven to help with anxiety and depression — which is something a student away from family could surely use.

  10. I really enjoyed reading your post and thought you did a wonderful job! I agree with your whole article. I love dogs and they have always been apart of my life.

  11. You’ve got some great points here! One that I would add, depending on the breed, is how protective they can be. Especially if you end up having an actual child, that dog will be the best guardian in the world. I just got a pup about 3 months ago and have loved every minute of it. They’re also great for exercise. They need it, so I get it also! There are a lot of pups out there changing lives daily and I would really encourage anyone to at least try out getting a pup!

  12. Thank you so much for this blog post, it’s just what I needed! My parents won’t let me have my own fur baby while I’m in college, but I can’t wait for my boyfriend and I to become fur parents the second I graduate and he gets out of the Marine Corps in Spring 2019! I also joke around how my parents and my boyfriend’s parents will soon be fur grandparents too- it’s quite the reason to celebrate! Ugh, I can’t wait until I can post pictures of my dog on Instagram, or give them endless amounts of cuddles. Dogs truly make the best companions, and coming home to them every night is what makes having one worth it.

  13. I absolutely loved your post! My fur babies are the highlight of my day and I’m so grateful for all of the things they do for me without ever really knowing. You really highlighted the fact that dogs are so loyal and so loving to owners that give them the same kind of love and care!

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