Does anyone get annoyed when someone compares raising their pets to raising a child?
I think it's very difficult for a non-animal lover to relate. If it were obvious that the person genuinely loved their pets like other humans, it's more understandable. However, if the person isn't genuinely as loving towards their pets, I would be a little concerned... Again, I do like animals but I'm not a fanatic, so I see how it's hard to comprehend it. You just have to try and be open-minded about these things.
Recently, my dog died................
It was an emotional time, and I still have "moments" of loss. and memory...........
People have said, " it is like losing a child"
IT IS NOT................... this is the most insenstive thing that you can say!
I, miss my dog.................but, I have also buried a child.
The two things, simply DO NOT COMPARE AS EQUALS........... they do not.
The, two, DO NOT compare.
Staggeringly annoying. There is nothing more annoying than a non-parent giving you parenting advice, and when that's based on a pet fish, it's just insulting.
It disturbs me when one compares raising a pet and a child. Although there are common things of raising a child and a dog: being consequent, giving love and receiving love, giving food, hygiene, take a daily walk etc.
A child can talk what she wants or not, a dog cannot..they just show gestures, sounds, actions one has to understand which dog lover can easily get what a dog wants to communicate.
Dogs are patient, they don't complain. A child will cry loud or shout if they are not satisfied. So having a dog is wonderful like having a child. Dogs belongs to a family member, they are worth to be respected as well as human beings.
It would depend on the way they were making the comparison. As someone with three grown kids, and someone who has had my share of long-time pets; I've seen that there are a lot of things that are the same with both. For example, if you talk to your child and/or talk to your pet; and if you're kind and respectful to either or both; both a child and a pet will generally turn out better, and so will the relationship with either.
Something else that's the same is realizing that if/when we take on either a child or pet in our lives, it's a matter of not always being able to not-do some things they need just because (for example) we're tired or don't feel like it.
People who are good with pets and good with children tend to know that there are those ways (beyond just what I mentioned above) in which raising either or both can be similar.
Having said that, though, I think (as in the case of what onegoodwoman said) it's HUGELY OFFENSIVE for anyone to ever compare (even the genuine and "legitimate") grief of losing a pet with something as horrible as losing a child.
Again, whether I'd be annoyed or not would depend on how the comparison between the two was being made. (Sometimes, however, one person may be "coming from a place" that the other doesn't understand; so lots of times (when the remark/comment is less extreme than the kind onegoodwoman mentioned) people get offended by stuff only because they misinterpret the context within which the remark was made).
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