The fight between dog moms and regular moms is never-ending. While the owners of dogs absolutely hate anyone who attempts to downplay their role as proud parents, moms of humans are constantly trying to convey that the experiences are totally different. One human mom, fed up with the debate, is hoping to put the issue to bed once and for all and prove that dogs are nothing like kids. The resulting footage serves as the perfect amount of vindication for annoyed kid moms. Jenkins doesn't have to go through the trouble of wrangling her kid into a car seat and carting her around the store for hours. That actually sounds pretty damn blissful. Instead of using diapers, cleaning up poop accidents all over the house, and struggling to get her kid on the potty, Jenkins just sends the little girl outside. She's essentially telling dog owners, "Come at me when your dog starts smearing his poop all over his own body, bro.
The bond they share is beautiful, unbreakable, and obvious to anyone who sees them together. He gazes at her with absolute innocent trust, she is fiercely protective of him, and they clearly delight in each other. If theirs seems like a typically loving mother-son relationship, it is—except that she is Lisa DePaulo, a midlife single woman, and he is Joey Obama DePaulo, a nine-year-old Havanese. People make fun of you behind your back for the way you boast about your dog! How dare she try to make my love for Joey into something ugly!
I hate to be a bitch about this -- but hey, female dogs are people too, right? I am a pet owner and I am a mom, and frankly, my dear, the two have about as much in common as a goldfish does to Godzilla. Rub my nose in it if you like, but it's about time this whole "Pet Mommy" thing got some serious yanking back.
People are the masters of domestic creatures. The behavior, needs, and expectations of animals are also mostly unchanging. Now, I know most of you pet owners are aware that having an animal under your care is not the same as parenting a child. Part of the problem here seems to be rooted in the ever more fluid definition of family. Love has so many shapes, and I honor and value all of them. However, pet owners who call themselves parents trivialize the very real, ever-changing lifetime commitment that is parenting. My daughter ages one damn year at a time, not seven. Sure, leashes have been adopted by parents.