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Are You My Mother?

Multi-gazillionaire Leona Helmsley made the news in August when she left $12 million dollars to her dog, Trouble, in her will. At my last count, more than 20 states have legalized such provisions, changing pet owners into pet guardians, and making it possible to will animals money and leave plans for their care. Regardless of any legal terminology or considerations, many people use varying parental titles in relation to their pets. I admit that buying myself a new outfit on Mother's Day and calling it a present from my dog could be a tad over the top, yet I don't consider myself that crazy to call myself North's "mama" ... but is it just me? I'm curious how you feel.


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james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 8 years
"my" cat is technically my parents cat, so I don't consider him a 'son' or 'brother' or anything...but my puppy is definitely mine and I am definitely her mom haha :)
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Yes we're Mommy & Daddy!!! Maya springs to her feet if someone says"Mommy's home!" or "Daddy's home!"
sashak sashak 9 years
I'm Momma & Mick is Daddy Its terrible but we don't care :)
CourtneYtB873 CourtneYtB873 9 years
my dogs know everyone by names like that, theyve all got their mommy and daddy and grand-dad and gramma and na-na (my sister in law) i dont think its silly at all! pets are like children to me! they need just as much care and just as much love (and they cost a lot too!! haha)
0_snap 0_snap 9 years
I wasn't in on the act until my mom referred to herself as Reese's "grandma." From then on, it was all downhill.
thefuturist thefuturist 9 years
My first dog was my sister, and so her two kids that I have are my nieces XD I'm not ashamed to say that stuff in front of people either! I love my babies!
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
Wow, I'm surprised at how many people do this. I hate it, and I'm a pet owner.
Pets Pets 9 years
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mangopassion mangopassion 9 years
My husband and I totally call each other Mom and Dad to our dog. It just kind of happened that way. Hey Pet- where did you get that photograph? We have a miniature schnauzer like the one pictured, my hubby would crack up!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I don't say that I am Sandy's or Rocco's "mommy" but I do say they are my babies and before I actually had a baby I said they were my kids. I think there is anything wrong with saying you're your pets mommy/daddy.
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
I do it. I call myself their mommy and my bf is their daddy. It's silly I know, but I do it. *giggles*
aluna86jh aluna86jh 9 years
Not it's not silly. In my family we they are the kids and the grandkids. When my mom comes home, I yell really loudly, "Mommy's home!" And they know exactly what it means and start barking.
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
i refer to myself as momma when i'm talking to my kitten. heh.
arienne arienne 9 years
Lol! My dog thinks "mommy" and "daddy" are our names. When I come home I asked him "Where's daddy?" and he rushes around the house until he finds my husband. It's very cute :)
dinoslovedonuts dinoslovedonuts 9 years
At the kennel where I work, we often say things like, "Oh Peaches is still here? When is her mom coming?" It seems more natural than, "Where are her people/owners?" We also use the family's last name for the animals because so many pets have the same name. (We have 3 Lucys right now). The nurses who talk to humans as well as animals have an easier time remembering their family names. I want to adopt another dog the minute I'm out of college, but I have trouble imagining myself calling the dog my baby. Maybe because I think of myself as way too young to be the mother of anything.
mnp mnp 9 years
Hehe. Cute stories, everyone! =) My bf thought it was silly that I call my dog my "baby" but now that he has gotten so attached to Fuji, he refers to himself as "Fuji's daddy". Lol. I heard him say to Fuji once, "Whose my baby boy?"
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
I'm like a lot of other people here -- if you had asked me before I had pets, I would have thought it was weird, but now we always say to our puppy "Go get the mom (or dad)" -- and she knows to come find us. It's actually pretty cute. And our kitties are totally our babies, too. We rescued one of them when she was a couple of days old, and she has always called out to us with this little sound that we found out is actually how kittens call to their mama cats. So, if she's going to call us her mom, we might as well, too!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I always say come give your mamma a kiss to my dog he is my child.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I have plans for my dogs if something where to happen to me. It isn't written down but I would hope that my parents would honor my wishes. I am Storm's Momma. She also has a human Dad, Granddad & Nana!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yupp! My boyfriend even calls me mommy to my kitty! I call him dad too ;) And when he had hi doggy he called himself dad too!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
yes when i have a puppy.. my boyfriend and i are going to be mom n dad!! haha.. i just think its too cute! and you really are their parent... your the one who pays to keep them full healthy and happy! and thats what mommy"s and daddy'S are for ! :)
miss-fabulous miss-fabulous 9 years
ok im sorry to yall that do this but i think its just weird. I love my pets but i am not their mama sorry. I love them like a mother but i am daffinitly not refering to myself as such
Murple Murple 9 years
I only refer to myself and my husband as mom and dad when I'm talking to our cats. They are brother and sister, even though they are both shelter pets and I doubt they are really related. My snake is my princess, but not my baby. It would feel weird referring to my snake like that.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I try not to do it when other people are around, but I definitely call my kitties my babies! And we're their mom and dad. I can't help it! I just love them so much - definitely a part of the family. And my MIL calls them her grandkitties!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
we're totally his human mommy and daddy BUT i would never leave him money i might have who i'd like to care for him to my will and leave them some money for taking care of him but $12 mil to your dog is crazy talk
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