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Why my dog is better than having a kid

December 12, 2013

Jade and Oak
">I often jokingly refer to my dog Kavalier as my baby. Yes I am one of those annoying women who refers to themselves as a dog mom, and no I'm not sorry. T and I don't plan on having kids so Kavalier gets all our love and attention. He also gets plenty spoiled as well. I got to thinking on all the ways in which having a dog is better than a kid. Not to take anything away from all the cool kids out there like my nephews, but here are some reasons why dogs might be the new kids.

  1. Having a dog is way cheaper than raising a baby.  
Last time I checked the average cost of raising a child in the United States is inching towards $250,000 for the first 18 years. Of course that doesn't include if your kid stays living at home way into their twenties or you have to bail them out of jail. Kavalier's cost is much less. He is pretty happy with food, treats, and toys. Win for dogs.

    2.  Dogs love you unconditionally and are always happy to see when you get home.

Sure kids love their parents, but once they hit puberty you are bound to hear "I hate you Mom" a few dozen times. Without fail when I come home from work I know Kavalier will be psyched to see me. Dogs are just happy to be around you, how can you say no to that? 

  3. Dogs are much easier to train.

Let's be honest raising a kid is no easy task. It is a ton of work to be consistent with rules and discipline and it only gets tougher as they get older. Once you house train a dog the hard work should behind you.

4. Need some alone time? Want a date night? No need for a babysitter.

My sister jokes that she can barely have time to go to the bathroom with her two boys around. Not a problem with the dog. Kavalier can entertain himself with a bone if we want to have a night out or just want to unwind.

What are your thoughts on dogs being like kids? 



  1. From one dog-momma to another I totally agree - also puppies grow up faster than kids so that not sleeping through the night phases passes way soon - and dogs still take day naps even when they're older - dogs win! :)

  2. i'm so a dog mom too and not too embarrassed ha. agreed that dogs are much easier than kids as well :) thanks for linking up with us!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  3. Haha. Well Boomer is only 7 and I've already heard 'I hate you mom!' a lot, so I totally get that one on your list. Your dog-child is quite handsome :)