Mother’s Day is a day reserved to honor mothers, grandmothers, aunts, mom friends and any other maternal figure that has children…human children. Do you refer to your dog as your son or daughter? Do you call yourself a pet parent? Do your parents spoil your “child”? Do you consider your dog a part of your family? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you have earned the title of “Dog Mom” and you should be celebrated just as much as any other mom. Dogs are our children, our sons and daughters, they are family and if they are lucky enough to have grandpawrents who spoil them, then Mother’s Day is to them too! Be a proud Dog Mom and don’t apologize for it! Celebrate you and your four-legged offspring this Mother’s Day.
If you didn’t answer “yes” to any of those questions above, let’s see how you fare with these. If you answer “yes” to any of these five questions, then you are probably a Dog Mom.
Do you wipe your dog’s butt or clean up their throw up?
“I don’t think twice about picking up my dog’s poop, but if another dog’s poop is next to it, I think, ‘Eww, dog poop!’” – Jonah Goldberg
Gross, I know, but after becoming a mother of any kind there’s not much you won’t talk about when it comes to bodily functions. Don’t be embarrassed; it’s all part of the job of being a good mom. As a mother of a human child, you don’t think twice about wiping their butt after going to the bathroom. If your human child throws up, you clean it up, no questions asked. This begs the question, is it the same with your dog? Well if you are a Dog Mom, the answer is absolutely YES! As moms of humans and dogs, the poop conversation is not one that we shy away from amongst similar company. That’s why they say, “poop happens!”
When scrolling through your camera roll on your phone, are there several pictures of your dog, and selfies of you…with your dog?
“Always show your best side…even if it is covered in dog hair.” – pawsh-magazine.com
There’s no shame in the dog selfie game. So if your answer to this question is “yes,” then you are probably a Dog Mom. Like a mother of a human, you can’t have enough pictures of your kids, so snap away! And by the way I hear that dog hair stuck to your clothes is going to be this summer’s newest fashion trend so leave the lint rollers at home and the more dog selfie shots the better!
Is your floor covered in dog toys?
“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” – Louis Sabin
If you walk into your house and you have to tippy-toe through a maze of chew toys and squeaky friends much like a mom of a human child has to maneuver through a floor full of foot-piercing Legos, then you are probably a Dog Mom. As a mom or a grandparent of a human child, if you see a toy at the store that your child or grandchild would like even though another toy is the last thing they need and you buy it anyway, you have a spoiled kid. The same goes for Dog Moms and Grandpawrents. As if their dog toy pile couldn’t get any higher or sprawl any further, you still get it for them because you know they will love it…and you love them. Face it, you’re a Dog Mom.
The same goes for dog clothes and accessories too. If your dog’s wardrobe is larger than yours, then the term “Dog Mom” fashionably suits you. To compliment their collection, consider freshening up their bootie selection with some bright summer colored Lavasox. Not only will they add some variety to their closet, they will provide much needed protection for all the walking you and your fur-baby will be doing this summer on the hot pavement and sand. These will be perfect for when temperatures soar. Find them in Flame, Citrine, Marina Blue and Pink Sorbet.
Does your social life revolve around your dog?
“Sorry, I can’t tonight. My dog and I have plans.” – Unknown
It’s Friday night and all your friends are going out but you haven’t snuggled enough with your fur-baby the whole week so you decide that if you can’t bring your dog, you’re not going at all. While social-distancing has changed our plans for the time being, it still rings true…you’re a Dog Mom…and good for you! Don’t feel weird about it; it’s a beautiful thing! Your dog wants nothing other than to hang out with you…how lucky you are! So cuddle up, watch a movie, share a meal or a take a stroll – they’ll love you even more for it.
Is your dog considered a part of the family?
“A dog is like a person – he needs a job and a family to be what he’s meant to be.” – Andrew Vachss
If after reading through all of these questions you’re still not convinced that you’re a Dog Mom, I’d be surprised…unless you’re a Dog Dad of course! We pretty much covered this in the beginning but the meat on the bone remains the same. If you find yourself referring to your dog as your baby, son, daughter, family, sweetie, bubby, little bug, moo moo, nugget, doodle, goober, etc, then yes, you are most certainly a Dog Mom no matter which way the tail wags. Nothing to be ashamed of…it is something to be PROUD of! How lucky you are to have that kind of unconditional love that can be so hard to find. You are your dog’s family and his job is to be what he is meant to be…your family. Embrace it, share it and be the best Dog Mom you can be!
Have a Happy Mother’s Day, stay safe, healthy and enjoy spending time with your fur-family! – Team Saltsox