Parent Training – Get a Dog

I know that there are times that we all wish that there was some sort of parent training out there.  You know what I’m talking about: some kind of parent training manual that would somehow prepare us for everything that we’d face as parents.  Something that would let us have an idea of what we might be in for.

I was feeling nostalgic and going through some of my old journals and blogs when I found something that I’d written when I was pregnant with Norton.  I got some parent training, all right, in the form of Winston the Wonder Chihuahua.  People often balk when pets are compared to children… and they are right.  Sort of.  The biggest differences are shorter lifespans (and shorter baby stages) and that children do eventually outgrow the slobbering, whining phase.

Here’s one that I came across:

Parent Training - Get a Dog (Cloth Diaper Addicts)So, we have two dogs.  The dogs are like our children.

I had no idea what a warm up for parenthood Winston, my chihuahua would give me.  Last night, he ran into my office and begged me to let him in my lap.  Of course, being the dutiful mommy, I let him up.

He wagged his tail and was very cute for about a minute.  Then he promptly puked all over my leg.

And he’s been having very foul accidents due to tummy trouble.

Great.  I got to practice cleaning up vomit and poo.  I learned that my carpet shampooer does an excellent job of getting it out of the rug when used in conjunction with Fantastic OxyClean stuff.  Then I got the fun of trying to give Winston Kaopectate.  It took both me and my husband to get 5cc’s of Kaopectate in this little, squirming, growling dog.

If this entire day hasn’t been preparatory parenthood, I don’t know what has.  But at least I know that I have a really awesome machine for cleaning up bodily fluids.

Since I wrote this post on July 14, 2009, I’ve been covered in a multitude of bodily fluids.  I’ve been barfed on, peed on, bled on, pooped on, and had a myriad of foodstuffs smeared into my clothing.  And I got a better machine to help me clean those bodily fluids out of my furniture in the form of a Bissel SpotBot.

Have you ever found that a pet can be good parent training?  Or, in the case of a younger person, good birth control?


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Nicole Copeland says:

    I got a kitten before I had my daughter..But I have heard of people getting a dog!

  2. Shauna Torres says:

    Ha, ha, ha… it is true, cleaning up after a pet can be like cleaning up after a baby, but also you get the love and affection from both 🙂

  3. Yes! My husband and I had 2 dogs before we had our daughter. The funny part is that we got the 2nd dog as a way to satiate my baby fever.. and yet I still got pregnant 2 months later 😉

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