woof woof, hello.
I'm an only child & do not have any children of my own, by choice. But that is not totally true because I have my dear little furbaby Elvis Lee.
My parents, Joyce & Tom, have never been "dog people" & my father and I are both allergic to cats as well as some dogs. When I got my Elvis (my first furbaby) they were a bit apprehsive. They live next door to us and I got comments like, "don't bring that dog over to our house" and "don't let him shit on the lawn". Wouldn't you know, my baby Elvis has totally changed their minds about dogs.
Elvis has such a charasmatic personality, everyone who meets him falls in love with him. He's not a "one person dog", he loves everybody. Within 6 months my parents became "Grandma" and "Grandpa". They now stop, pet and feed treats to every dog in the neighborhood. If they are out & about and they see a dog, they stop to give the furbaby a pet. It's amazing how one little 13 lb Maltipoo has completely reversed their view on dogs.
Not only do they love him & shower him with affection, they look forward to "babysitting" him, and "sleepovers". They now believe dogs have souls and go to heaven. If they don't see him for 24 hours, they call me up & say "can we come visit Elvis?". Hey, what about me? Don't you want to visit your daughter? lol Elvis gets all their attention & kisses when they arrive. A few minutes later, I get a hug and a kiss. I'm okay with that. It makes my heart so very happy that my parents love my little boy. He's part of our family, now...forever...always.
In your family, are your pets your furbabies?