DSCN5526Thanks for the Happy Mother’s Day wishes for the peep yesterday. She thought that was very nice of you guys.

Not being a parent myself, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day kind of get lost on me. With no puppies for me and my girlfriend Sniglet – the hottie seen here – I just go with the flow and live life according to Stuart. But, being a son, I do know how important it is to appreciate the peeps. So, I acted all needy yesterday to give Her something to do. It being Mother’s Day and all.

It’s interesting, then, that when the peeps and I went to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, and She ran into somebody She knew, the talk turned to children. And parents.

“Hey! Nice to see you! Let’s see…when are you due?”

“Oh, about eight weeks or so but I’d be happy to go earlier. That’s a cute dog! We left ours at home. They’re both too big and too much for an environment like this.”

“Yeah, Stuart, as you can see, is one snotty Scottie. He doesn’t mean to be, he just likes to sit in the middle of all the action and wait for people to come to him. Like he’s holding court. This is your first child isn’t it?”

“Yeah, it took us a long time to decide. We’ve been together for a long time. But, we figured we’ve been good dog parents, so….”

“Being good dog parents is the same as being people parents isn’t it? I mean, you provide safety, shelter, love and the same stuff you do with people. I wouldn’t say this to just anybody, but you know what I mean.”

“Oh, you’re right! We don’t say it much either, it’s kind of blasphemous, but you’re right. Sometimes, I think it’s easier to raise people, they understand what you say, like ‘use your inside voice’.”

Oh so it went. Frankly, I don’t think it’s blasphemous to compare raising children with raising dogs. I mean, what’s all the fuss? You raise them both, right? (After all, you don’t just raise one and own the other, do you? No. Of course not.) They both need love, care, shelter, food, healthcare, education, respect, cuddles, love….did I say love??

What’s the difference?

What You Learned Today:

  • Thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes for the peep. If She could, She’d be barking “thank you” at you. Note to self…teach peep how to bark. Properly.
  • Saturday’s “Where In The World?” destination was: Sweden. (Don’t ask me where. I just know it was Sweden.) Thanks for playing along.
  • I think raising a pup is just as significant as raising a child.
  • That is, of course, if it’s done properly.


About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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14 Responses to Blasphemous?

  1. Toby and Banks says:

    Hey Stuart….you are barking up the right tree with today’s message! AND we (Toby and Banks) wish your peep a Happy Mom’s Day (one day removed). Our mom and dad humans are the VERY best, don’t you think?! As you and I (Toby that is, Banks has no clue (about most things)). Raising a Scottie takes a very special parent for sure.
    Toby and Banks, barking at you……

  2. christina says:

    Hi Stuart! I agree too! I don’t have any “people” children, and I totally get that having “furry” children is easier in some ways (you can leave them at home alone) but you’re right! We are teaching, raising, nurturing, loving, watching out for and parenting our doggies too!

  3. edgar says:

    agreed, stu! mum often finds herself talking to peeps with children and their parenting woes sound much like her own when i was a pup. i don’t think that any good pet parent would disagree with you…just saying.

    edgar and his mum

  4. Gizmo says:

    We agree with you Stuart…Raising a pup to be a responsible. well-behaved dawg is just as involving and important as raising a well-behaved child…and maybe even harder cause you have much less time to get it right

  5. I agree completely! It’s not EXACTLY the same — Momma loves to say that she has dogs instead of skin-kids because she can leave us in our crates all day while she’s at work and nobody calls CPS — but it’s definitely comparable.

  6. Kyla says:

    Puppies are smarter than babies at any age. I guess that’s why we go so soon-the world couldn’t take the brilliance.

  7. Misaki says:

    Completely agree!

  8. Daisy says:

    We agree. SHE says having dogs has helped her in the classroom with kids….just being firm.

    Stuart, we don’t ‘gush’ at people–like a certain spotty does–we just like to watch them. We don’t want them to make a fuss over us either.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  9. Stuart! You are most definitely correct that your commentary is NOT blasphemous. I know some people in my life who think this silliness, but I personally can feel my forever mom’s love through every little thing she does for me. She fondly calls me a fur-baby and doesn’t care what those cynical people think. I’m glad your forever mom is on your side on this one. Also, well done on respecting her on her special day yesterday! High paw!

  10. Jazzi says:

    Totally agree Stuart!!

    Jazzi and Addi

  11. Stu we cannot agree with you more. Our mom & dad cannot have children & so they pour all their love and parenting into raising us & our sister cats right. Mom says she has no idea what she would do if it wasn’t for us…her babies.

    Wally & Sammy

  12. dougalldog says:

    My peep agrees, I’m definitely her baby!

  13. Donna Berberich says:

    Hey Stuart,
    Dogs and cats are far easier to raise than human babies. I know because I’ve done both!!! No stinky baby diapers, 2 a.m. bottle feedings and no back talk and F bombs being hurled at you from your fur kids. Yes, we are responsible for the proper up bringing of raising well behaved, responsible wonderful dogs. We love them and provide them with lots of love, shelter, vet care and food. Plus you don’t have to purchase clothing and shoes every few months for a dog because he or she outgrew them or be responsible for them for 18 or more years putting them through college!!!
    No birth pains for this human Mom of Jessie either!!! Sooooo glad he’s a Scottie!!!!
    Love my little fur kid!!!!!


  14. Lee says:

    Lee says like Butterfly McQueen said in Gone With The Wind ” I don’t know nothin’ ‘ bout birthin’ babies!” or raising kids. We just know a lot about teaching other people kids to read.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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