I am a crappy dog mom.
Let’s face it no one is going to award me doggy mom of the year.
I let Davinia and Indiana sleep in bed with me because when they were puppies they cried or jumped on the bed all night while I tried to keep them on the floor. So I gave in and they sleep on the bed. Not only that but they insist on sleeping on my pillow. And then Indiana decides she is going to be a baby and cry because she doesn’t want to jump on the bed herself I will pick her up and put her on the bed. They generally choose to sleep on the bed now but sometimes they like to sleep under the bed. They choose. Even though we have a Queen Size bed for the three of us I usually only get the very end and they get the rest.
I don’t feed the most expensive dog food, I don’t cook them dinner every night, they don’t get a raw diet either. We have been through at least a dozen different brands and several varieties within the brands and the most expensive ones gives Indiana upset stomachs or Davinia just plain refuses to eat them after the first bag. They eat food that agrees with Indiana’s tummy and Davinia is willing to eat. As soon as that stops I am back at the store looking for the next kind of food that they can both eat. We tried me cooking for them but Indiana got sick and then a vet (who we never went back to) said I was going to kill my dogs by home cooking. We don’t feed raw because when I tried we did chicken wings and Indiana didn’t think it was important to chew and basically swallowed the thing whole so the next night I pulled the fat off and threw it away, the meat was taken off the bone and broken up in the bowls and then I broken the bones apart to only for them to finish it in about 10 seconds after 10 minutes of me playing with raw chicken. They do get marrow bone occasionally now, they often get bites of whatever I am eating as long as there are no raw onions, chocolate, grapes or raisins.
I am a crappy dog mom because I put pajamas on them in the winter and it is cold in the house instead of turning the heat way up. I also put jackets on them in the winter for walks when it is cold and I am in a jacket too.
Indiana still (at 7 years old) pees on the carpet in the middle of the night sometimes instead of waking me. Even though she is perfectly capable of crying when she wants back into the bed after jumping out. I am a crappy dog mom for not locking her in a crate at night where she will cry (yes she cries real tears) just so that she will not pee on the carpet.
I am a crappy dog mom because Davinia and Indiana are from a Reputable Breeder and not rescues. I can track their lineage and family health back generations. I have met their moms and their grandma and played with them. I know that their breeder produces dogs that live long healthy lives and I also know what to look out for and keep an eye on in terms of genetic issues. I had their hearts tested by a cardiologist when Davinia was 5 and Indiana was 4. They both have very strong hearts that will last them a very long time. Their grandma was 16 when she died and their moms are both 14 happy and healthy. I would get another female dog from their breeder in a heartbeat
I make decisions that are right for US. They might not be the right decisions for you and your dogs. But they are my decisions that a lot of time, research, and thought went into. Yes, please feel free to call me a crappy dog mom if you would like