April 15, 2014

Are Women Choosing Dogs Over Babies?

Posted in: Dog

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There is a report out in the US that women are choosing to be dog mamas instead of baby mamas. I kind of believe this. I mean, as much as I’m looking forward to having my own kids one day, Toby posses all the wonderful qualities that I want in my child minus the crying, tantrums, sleepless nights, years of changing nappies, constant supervision and the rat bag teenage years. From Toby, I get an endless supply of love without having to really do anything. It’s a pretty good deal in my books.

Women in the US aged between 15 to 29 are being called Generation Rex thanks to women choosing handbag size pooches over handbag size babies. Many women believe that dogs bring more joy than a child, it’s less work and they have more time to carry on with their life and not be restricted to go and do things by nap times and early bed times. Not needing a babysitter for your dog while you do go out is another plus for not having kids. And if you do need a babysitter for your dog, people are more likely to put their hand up than a child. Many women like the idea of being able to transport a dog in a much easier manner and they feel dogs are less final than having a child.

The data behind this report show that over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent. At the same time, research by the American Pet Products Association shows the number of small dogs in the United States has skyrocketed to 40.8 million in 2012. That is a lot of dogs, that’s pretty much double Australia’s population.

Whether women are replacing babies with dogs because life is easier with a dog or whether women in this age group are getting married later in life and want to for fill the instinct of looking after a soul now, is definitely an interesting issue.

Toby is definitely my fur son. He has a soul, he understands me and he is capable of giving and taking love, just like a child. However, I haven’t replaced him for a child. People say to me, just wait till you have children, then you will see Toby as just a dog. I don’t appreciate this comment. I understand that my life will change with a child and my focus will shift but Toby will still be part of this family just as much as he is now.

What do you think? Do you think women are choosing dogs over babies?