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My Wife Just Said… #145

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“I always find it odd when I look over at a fully-equipped stroller only to find there’s a dog in it.”


My wife majored in marine biology and used to work at a place that did a bunch of animal rescue and placement, so I’d put her somewhere between animal lover and animal activist. At the same time, she’s smart enough not to raise her eyebrows (or make any sudden, fast movements) when she leans over to steal a peek a fresh-baked little human and discovers a small dog swabbing it’s balls in the seat of a stroller or the folds of a baby carrier.

People can get ragey on both sides of this baby/pet fence. Parents can rant, “Your dog is not ‘YOUR BABY’!” while pet owners rage, “I love my Schookems McGizmo enough to BE MY BABY!” Sigh. Best to let sleeping dogs lie, especially if they’re wearing a onesie and nibbling on a pacifier.

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4 Responses to “My Wife Just Said… #145”

  1. Kendall says:

    I donʻt understand why people feel the need to get rage-y and judge-y over stuff like this. You can think itʻs odd but itʻs not worth the elevated blood pressure. I donʻt have kids yet but am very close to my dog. That said, I am of the opinion that itʻs healthier for him to treat him like a dog, not a baby, and have a strict no-clothes rule (among other things). But thatʻs my choice- if someone else wants to treat their dog differently, as long as there is no abuse, who am I to care enough about it to be THAT annoyed? In the words of that 2 year old in that video that went viral, worry about yourself.

    • Annette says:

      I can’t speak for anyone else, but I personally get a little eye-roll-ish when someone suggests that they know what raising a child is like because they have a dog. Nothing close to rage, however. And while I do think doggy strollers and slings are silly, (and feel a little sorry for the dog) I could care less if that’s how they want to spend their money.

  2. Julia says:

    I love my dog. I’ve known him since he was two weeks old and I’ve had him since he was seven weeks old. I did dance around the kitchen singing the birthday song on his first birthday (softly, so as not to attract attention from my particularly judgey father who DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE GOD LEAVE ME ALONE). He did get a couple spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream for his birthday, because he is just the sweetest most wubbiest loviest other-nonsense-wordsiest puppy in the whole wide world. But he is not my baby. He is many things, and for a while he was my only love. But he is not my baby.

  3. Brian says:

    I take a stand. When the heck did it become acceptable to take your freaking dog into a store. What year? When i was a kid if you had brought your dog into the mall shopping with you, or into mcd’s, you would have been run out of town. Now: “Awe.. what breed is she”??

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