A fact that is little known to non-parents is that those of us who have children laugh at you when you compare your dog to having a child. Truthfully, many of us who are parents did the same thing before we had kids, but let me just say right now: a dog is NOT a child! When your dog tells you five minutes before he has to leave for school that his history project is due today but he forgot to do it, when your dog wakes you up every 2-3 hours to suck on your nipples, when your dog decides that she will only eat yellow food from now on, comes down with chicken pox right in the middle of your busy season at work, needs to be comforted from her first broken heart or asks why Jimmy has two mommies, THEN you can say that having a dog is like being a parent. Maybe.
I have to say, though, that there are certain characteristics that older babies and toddlers most definitely share with dogs. So perhaps it’s more apt to say that if you have a toddler, it’s like having a dog? I mean, they chew up everything they can put in their mouths, you have to clean up after them when they eat, pee and poop (although I will say that dogs don’t generally agree to wearing diapers), they get around on all fours, and as I just found out, they apparently like to play fetch.
I just found my husband in the kitchen with Joshua. Josh was playing with one of the random Leap Frog fridge magnets that we actually still have left and dropped it on the floor, making it skid across the ceramic tiles. Josh went and retrieved it, then brought it to Dad and handed it to him. Dad then threw it back across the room, Josh retrieved. They did this for about five minutes, both laughing hysterically. I told my husband he obviously missed our dog.
I’m not sure who’s stranger: grown men or toddlers, but they are entertaining. Any other toddler/dog similarities?