Dog Moms on Mother’s Day
Two dog related posts in one week?! I just might be a crazy dog lady or something. But there’s a big holiday coming up, one I have a difficult time with, and one that I have only recently decided doesn’t stink.
Mother’s Day is upon us.
I have an incredibly mixed relationship with Mother’s day. As a mid-May baby, I frequently shared my birthday with this holiday. So things like my 16th birthday? Yeah, that was Mother’s Day. And when those days fell on the same day, I’ll let you guess which took priority. So while other people had bomb parties for their Sweet 16, I spent it messing around on the internet because mom didn’t want to go out.
It’s also difficult because in June of 2011, my mother passed away from cancer. So despite my odd relationship with the day, it’s not really one I get to celebrate anymore.
Moms, you’re amazing
I love moms and I seriously appreciate every single thing that you do. From those of you who bring your kids to storytime at the library every single week, to the ones who can’t because you have 2.3 million other things to do, I appreciate you. To the moms who have endless nights with crying children then get up and go to work the next day like it’s nothing, I appreciate you. To the moms who are building their empires and their families, I appreciate you. You are all seriously awesome.
But this day is hard for me for a number of reasons. So as you read this, I am in another city in another state taking a break. Because it’s another year when my birthday and that day coincide. And so I’m taking a different approach to Mother’s Day as we head into this holiday.
Dog Moms, I appreciate you, too
We have a very different job than human moms and I’m not comparing them at all [as the mommy bloggers prepare for battle]. But I want to take a moment to acknowledge all of the crud we put up with. From those of us who have breeds unnecessarily and unfairly called “vicious” or “aggressive,” to the ones who have to deal with the exact opposite [looking at you, Chihuahua and Maltese people], you are doing amazing work.
To the dog moms who have gone through so much training just to help our dogs become “good citizens,” it was worth it. To the dog moms who are doing everything they can to make sure their dogs have the best lives they all deserve, I appreciate you. I’ve stepped on that favorite bone in the middle of the night, too. I have received a headbutt from love excitement too many times, too.
This has been a really difficult year for our family with pups. Tonks is the best little pocket pittie/boxer/whatever mutt. But she has been very difficult with training. She’s had some run-ins that didn’t go terribly well. She’s taken longer to adjust than Zoe did and has had different challenges than Zoe. But our pack is so wonderful now. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
So dog moms, we are a wonderful group as well. And I hope your fur babies give you just as much love as the rest of our moms on Mother’s Day.