Almost 4 years ago, right after my husband and I got married, we got a dog. An adorable, fluffy, little German Shepherd named Marley to be precise.
I had had quite a few dogs when I was growing up, but this was my husband Craig’s first and he was determined that she would be the best dog in the world and basically she is. She’s been the easiest dog ever…so easy that I’m afraid to ever get another one for fear it won’t be nearly as well-behaved and awesome as Marley.
Just to give you an idea, we got Marley when she was around 10 weeks old and within a week she was crate trained, almost potty trained and could sit when told. Now she has a plethora of tricks, including letting herself out to go to the bathroom. I know. She’s basically perfect.
BUT…because Marley is so great and easy, I feel like she has absolutely and in no way prepared me for a baby. People are forever trying to compare having a dog to having a child and many consider a pet to be a “practice child”, but I have to say that I have no such illusions. If we’d had a stubborn, ill=behaved dog, then perhaps I’d be a little more prepared, but as of now, I’m going into this whole having a child thing blind. I mean…I know a lot about children, but actually having a baby 24/7 is definitely going to be an adjustment and I’m pretty sure we won’t have her potty trained within a week. Just saying.
Check out my 10 reasons why having a dog has in no way prepared me for having a real life baby after the jump!
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