SINCE owning a dog, I have increasingly become more aware that I feel like a parent, and none more so than after Matt and I went to the Gawler Show on the weekend.
It has been many years since either of us attended the show, and for Matt it was his first time at Gawler’s big event.
We didn’t get through the gate until later in the evening, and were mainly interested in just grabbing a bite to eat, having a few games on the sideshows, watching some of the displays and snatching up some showbags.
After trying our hand at the clowns mouths and some of the other old favourites, we ended up with a heap of small plush toys.
Let’s just say 22-year-old me was not as excited as, maybe, 10-year-old me would have been.
That was until I realised that our five-month-old Labrador, Archie, would fall absolutely in love with the horse, cat, ball and bear toys.
Matt and I both agreed that we would give him just one at a time, in an effort to prolong more toy purchases, as he would, undoubtedly, destroy them just like their predecessors.
After arriving home we passed him the horse, which he excitedly bounced around in his mouth for at least half an hour.
It was not even 24 hours later that I caught Matt passing Archie another toy.
I questioned why he did this, as we both knew Archie would rip them to shreds.
Matt defended his actions, saying he just knew Archie would like another option.
I, of, course gave in because, well, Archie is cute, and Matt was right – he did love them.
It got me thinking, though, did it really matter if we gave him one, or all four at the same time?
Was I really going to stress over making Archie wait for a toy?
Then it really hit – had I, in fact, become a parent, and not one to a human child, but to one of the canine sort?
For all the proud puppy owners I can only assume their experience was the same.
But then I started thinking, ‘does this maternal feeling mean that children may be on my radar much sooner than originally planned?’
What was your experience?
What did pet parenthood mean for you?
Let me know.
Until next week, keep your glasses full.