I’ve been feeling a tad clucky lately. I blame TV. We were watching my fave show Bones the other night and the main character is pregnant. Not sure if it was the baby references or the thought of
me her having Booth’s baby that got me all weak at the knees.
Dan is adamant there will be no more babies and was under the impression that the recent addition of our puppy would be sufficient to temper any procreational urges I may have. In fact, he went so far as to say that he would prefer to have EIGHT puppies before any more offspring.
Which kinda got me thinking. Puppies and babies/toddlers really do have a lot in common. I mean, apart from the obvious vulnerability and need for love, shelter, yadayada, there’s also the common elements of destructive tendencies, toilet training, boundary testing and a knack for being easily distracted by bright shiny things.
However, if one was to truly look at the pros and cons of having puppies versus small humans, puppies are sure to win hands down every time. For instance:
- You can lock puppies outside when the pee on your carpet.
- No one will ever ask if your puppy was breastfed, co-slept, had a dummy or used cloth nappies.
- People get funny about children on leashes. Even purpose built child leashes get frowned upon by some.
- You can smack a puppy on the nose with a newspaper if they bite you without the risk of the neighbours calling DoCS.
- A running chain is a socially acceptable option for puppies.
- A “beware of the toddler” sign is not as effective at scaring unwelcome visitors away.
- A puppy will never ask to borrow the car when its older.
- You can desex a puppy and let it roam the streets knowing you won’t become a grandmother before your time.
And of course, the most appealing thing about puppies in my books, this is always an option if you are desperate:
So what say you? Puppy or toddler?
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