Well when we all head for some quiet time in my room i say "Lets go to mummy's room" so i'd have to say i feel they are human enough to be considered my flesh and blood babies. Its a shame they can't speak english cause i'd like to hear all the wonderful things they'd say about their beloved mother LoL.
I love my child and I love my dogs. But I recognise that they are dogs, not 'humans in furry bodies' or however some people put it. My child doesn't try to drink out of the toilet, chew on the woodwork, roll in horse poop or eat poop in the back yard. When I leave the house, I dont shut my child in a crate (or lock her in a bedroom). It's tempting, but I don't do it...
I treat my dogs as part of the family, But I do not anthromorphise them., or treat them as if they have human traits or qualities. I admire them as dogs and love them as dogs. As I love my the human counterparts of my family as humans. I do not express love and admiration the same. But I provide appropriate love, I take my dogs to the vet, as I would take a sick child to the doctor. My dogs are not "just" dogs, not are they fur kids. They are family canine family members. I sacrifce for my dogs the way I would any other family member. I make sure they get to training on time, are taught, feed and watered, shown affection, have time to doggy things. If I have a card game to be at, and the dogs have not gotten the basic the things they have a right to. I do not go, because I choose to make a dog a family member.
i know that my two dogs are not human. i do think of them as my children. i have a special love for my child and a special love for my dogs. sometimes my dogs listen better though.lol harley and sally both sleep with us. they know when its bed time. neither one can jump on the bed so they wait for us at the foot crying until we put them up there. they eat dinner with us, us at the table them on the floor of course. they get away with more than they should.
I treat mine as members of the family. They all sleep in the same bed as me, get leftovers. Sometimes I think I treat them better than I do humans. I talk to them, and probably pay more attention to them than I do anyone else in my house. I know they are dogs and cats, and I treat them as I believe these animals should be treated...SPOILED.
I'm kind of 50/50. I talk to Mason as if he is human and he understands everything I'm saying. Most of the time he behaves like a toddler. Although these days I'm told that he's going through this "adolescence phase". However, on the other hand I do realize he's a dog. He sleeps in his crate at night and has never been allowed on our bed and I rarely let him on our sofas.
Interesting question, I consider Cody a human in a dogs body.Cody is a dog who is very, very spoiled but he has to listen when he is told to and he has to behave properly when we are out or when someone comes over, just like my kids did when they were younger. While he can not speak our language i know he understands it and we don't speak "dog" but we understand what his wants or needs too. While we treat him like a human we really do know he is a dog. If I had to put my life on the line for him I would in a heart beat, just like I would for my family.
***Edited By: codys mom on 9/22/2006 1:52:51 PM*** Reason: .
Pets bring out the maternal instincts in all of us. I think that if you have no human children, those instincts are stronger (with your pet) than they are when you have a baby in the house. Funny thing, once the kids are grown, you find yourself, once again, forming a close attachment to the family pet. They are our "babies".