Recent research by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in the US has found interesting results. 15 to 29 year old women are having fewer babies. Instead they are opting to own small dogs. It seems they would rather have a hassle-free alternative, who doesn’t scream, doesn’t need a baby sitter and is easy to transport.
Since 2007, birth rates in the US have dropped almost 10% and ownership of small dogs has been on a steady rise. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention believe this is no co-incidence and that there is a strong correlation between the two.
Gone are the days when you were expected to marry young, have children young and the woman was expected to give up her career to raise the children. The world has changed dramatically and our society has come a long way since. Today, couples are getting married at an older age or not marrying at all and having children older. There is less pressure and they are happy to wait until they are ready to take the large step into parenthood. For some that step never occurs, sharing their love and affection with dogs instead. Dogs have replaced babies for many people around the globe.
As a 37 year old dog lover and owner, I can relate. Only late last year I felt as though my motherly hormones were kicking in and I wanted nothing more than to have a baby. I would smile at babies in their prams and envy the mothers pushing them. However, at the time I was not in the best of emotional health, so decided to wait.
A few months later, I adopted a beautiful, cheerful dog and have not looked back since. My dog filled the missing link and replaced the need to ever have a baby.
Just like children, dogs need to be taken care of. You still need to feed and bathe them, provide them with regular activities and spend time with them. However, you bypass the higher level of responsibility and have time and energy to focus on you career, go out with friends and do things on your own. They bring just as much love and joy to you as children do and perhaps are more loyal. I am happier now than I have ever been and give full credit to my pup.
Surveys of dog owners have revealed that dogs can still fulfil innate maternal needs many women feel without the pressure of turning their children into good citizens and applying the right parenting techniques to teach them from right and wrong. Not to mention, the responsibility of schooling and dealing with societal pressures on the children.
It is amazing how much a dog can get attached to you. They have an immense amount of love to share and will be there for you in good times and bad. They are incredibly playful and never cease to surprise with their tricks. Dogs are not just a man’s best friend, indeed they are a family member, just like a child.