After reading Adventure of a Dog Mom’s blog post about dog moms on Saturday, I mentioned something to Ryan about us being dog parents. We debated the concept for a bit, and he admitted that he’d never really considered the idea of a dog mom or a dog dad. As Dog Mom‘s post explained, I too have long felt like a dog mom. I may not have kids, but the last few years of watching out for the pups has made my life much less of my own than it ever was before I had dogs. I stopped being ‘just me’ a long time ago, and became ‘me and my dogs’ the day I decided to adopt.
That being said, I have never received a Mother’s Day gift, and I have never expected to. So, you can imagine my surprise when the pups decided to wish me a Happy Dog Mom’s Day yesterday! Lucy wrote me an email explaining why she is happy that I am her mama, Lucy & Beamer signed a Mother’s Day Card, and Beamer even gift-wrapped his favorite elk antler for me.
Okay, so even though my mom actually authored the email that Lucy sent me, and Ryan made the card that he traced the dogs’ paw prints onto, my heart was still warmed by such an expression of love and appreciation.
I have found that a lot of people don’t give dog parenting enough credit, because God forbid we ever compare it to “real parenting.” I wouldn’t dare equate my mother’s experience raising me to my experience training and caring for my dogs, but both experiences involve a lot of the same basic ingredients: love, humility, patience, perseverance, commitment. Both experiences have also taken us through heartache, triumphs, and changes in in ourselves that we never saw coming. And I know that even my mother would say, “real” dog parenting deserves a little recognition, too.
So, whether you’re a Mother, a Dog Mama, or both, I hope you had a full and memorable Mother’s Day!