There’s a reason we call our dogs “fur babies.” Even though they are (obviously!) not our genetic children, plenty of proud dog owners feel as if their four-legged companions are as much a part of the fam as any human additions that might come along.
Along with all the benefits of having a fur baby, however, is all the work and responsibilities that go into caring for a pet. Like having children, the decision to care for a dog changes how you plan your days, weeks, months, vacations, holidays, work schedule — everything. Not only do you need to make sure you have the resources to care for them, but you also need to make sure you have the time.
It’s no easy task, but caring for something is totally rewarding and worth the effort. And if you’re not yet ready to plunge into the world of parenting children (who undoubtedly require much more overall care), you may want to start by first caring for a dog. While there are plenty of differences, there are actually a ton of adorable ways that having dogs is very similar to having kids to which both dog owners and parents can relate.