Originally Posted by thismama
Um, no it's not. Not remotely like having kids. I find that whole line of thinking offensive and a bit disturbing.
Huh. How weird. What part of it is disturbing and offensive?
I have three dogs, two of which are Jack Russells, and to anyone who knows the breed, I don't need to elaborate. But for those who don't, they are never ending balls of inquisitive energy. To say "oh yeah but you can crate them and leave them alone for a little while".. HAHAHAHA!! That's funny. Um, no you can't. This is NOT a breed that can simply be crated and left alone. Reliably. They need constant supervision, and to be left alone they need to be well fed, well exercised, well trained, and well stimulated.
My two jack russells are by far harder then having a child. When Rhino was an only Jack I wouldn't have thought so, but two of them.. oh my word!
I can communicate with my child now. I'll NEVER be able to communicate with my dogs. My daughter will eventually be potty trained. I will ALWAYS have to walk my dogs in the rain, both of them tangling me up and tripping me, in the middle of the night. Their life expectancy is 15 years. I'd rather change a diaper that takes all of 3 minutes, instead of walking down the side of the road in the pissing down rain until Rhino finds the "perfect spot" to have a dump, then get down with the flash light, find it, bag it, then carry it back while trying to manage two small, and FAST dogs on a leash while holding a bag of warm crap. Potty training with kids happens around what, 2? 3? Um, yeah, I have 12 years of poop patrol left. Sorry you're offended by that.
ETA: And, my daughter is high needs. Has slept a handful of times on her own, nurses every 2 hours still at a year old, always wants me with her, etc, and I STILL think my dogs are hard work. This is saying a lot about my dogs if I think they are harder then my baby.