"She's our first born," I would tell people jokingly, indicating her whiskers and adding---"she's really hairy, just like her dad." Then I would go about my day, never knowing that the people I had been talking to--you know the ones with actual children in their care, probably wanted to kick me in the teeth.
Looking back on this situation now, I definitely want to kick myself in the teeth, and if I had access to a Delorian, I would travel back in time and do just that. I would go back a few years, to a point in time before Millie was born, but after we got dental insurance, and wait for myself to say something like "She's really high maintenance. A few times she's even woken me up at night to go to the bathroom." KAPOWEE! I would Ninja kick myself right in my stupid trap. It wouldn't make much of a difference you know, since my foot was already in my mouth.
So, animal lovers--- let's clear one thing up: Your dog is NOT like your kid. I know you love your dog, I love mine too. I would spend every last penny I own to save her life, but it's not about that. It's about how much time and energy your dog requires.
Cat Owners--- don't even get me started with you. Your pet is self cleaning. YOUR PET LITERALLY CLEANS ITS OWN ASSHOLE. It's not like your kid.
In case you are curious as to whether or not your pet is actually like a kid, I've made this handy reference chart:
As you can see, babies are higher maintenance than your pet, especially in the areas of vomit, feeding, and having to listen to horrible boy-band music. The good news is, they also offer a pretty good return on investment, since you can guilt them into paying for your nursing home one day. Also, they don't go through many toys-shaped-like-waterfowl, and they usually don't vomit in your shoes. *
*That was a lie. The truth is, babies are in-discriminatory vomiters and will frequently vomit in your shoes, but--unlike your cat-- they don't do it out of spite.
So, Pet owners, the next time you find yourself telling a new parent that your pet is just like a baby, really, I want you to picture this face:
|Dr. Emmett Brown, noted time-traveler and recycling aficionado|
If the face of the person you are talking to bears a striking resemblance to Back to the Future's Dr. Emmett Brown, chances are they are a new parent dealing with some major sleep depravation. Do yourself a favor and go back in time to stop yourself from making that comment. While you're there, you also might want to put down a deposit on some nursing homes, because your Cat is certainly not going to make that a priority-- it's too busy cleaning it's own asshole.