When dogs fall asleep on the bed and I shove them down to the bottom with my feet, they don't make threats about the kind of nursing home they're going to put me in some day.
My dogs aren't embarrassed to go out in public with me, regardless of what I'm wearing or how my hair looks.
When we were having trouble with the plumbing and couldn't use the bathroom for a few days, the dogs didn't insist on staying with a friend rather than utilizing the newspapers we'd spread on the floor.
I can still buy clothes for the dog and know those clothes will get worn.
And, most of all, dogs can't roll their eyes.
On the upside, children are tax-deductible. Dogs are not.
Children are usually too clever to be fooled by the fake ball throw more than once.
And while I've caught my daughter drinking straight out of the carton several times, I've never caught her trying to drink straight from the toilet.
Thankfully, children generally have a better developed sense of humor than dogs and are capable of recognizing when someone is teasing.
I believe dogs are excellent teachers for those who will someday be parents. And the best lesson they teach is how to unconditionally love.
Reach Karin Fuller at karinful...@gmail.com.