Why I Shouldn’t be a Parent : Reason #4,961


Part of the difficulty with my dog is that he doesn’t understand he’s a dog. Polo actually believes he’s human (or part human, part cat) and behaves as an equal member of our family. I know I should, like, lay ground rules and act like the boss, but I’m a total sucker for his smile. Oh, yes, my dog smiles.

When I think about how I engage with my dog, I immediately know I’m destined to be a terrible parent. I’d have the parental propensity to applaud, cater, and clap for a future dictator or political despot. Internet, let’s just be thankful Polo walks on four legs and can’t talk or else we could be in a lot of trouble.

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  1. Annia

    August 29th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    HAHAHA. If you birth any future Communist children, I’m counting on JD to straighten them right out. πŸ™‚

  2. Annia

    August 29th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    HAHAHA. If you birth any future Communist children, I’m counting on JD to straighten them right out. πŸ™‚

  3. Kasi Stuhlman

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    My puppy is snoozing on my desk right now at my corporate day job πŸ˜‰ I’m the saaaaaame way!

  4. Wedding Photographer Colchester

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Ah! what a gorgeous dog, why would you want kids!

  5. Jennie

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    You’d be surprised at how good of a mother you would be. I’ve met you and JD, and honestly parenting takes honest, loving, caring people. Everything else will come… Although Polo is spoiled, you would learn to spoil, and lovingly disciple your child. It’s not about saying no, it’s about guiding them to be the best person they can be. πŸ˜€

  6. Pablo hill

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    All dogs smile when they are happy πŸ™‚

  7. Moe Martinez

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I don’t know; That sounds like a good reason to be a parent πŸ˜‰

  8. Ling

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Soooo cute!

  9. Sarah F

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve decided I shouldn’t be a human mommy either. For many reasons. I will be good four-legged mommy when the time is right πŸ™‚ lol

  10. Kat

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hahah! I totally get what youΒ΄re saying…my great dane thinks IΒ΄m her mom or kid sister…guess itΒ΄s my fault!

  11. Faraz

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Please don’t take it the wrong way, but a raising a child and having a dog seem very different to me.

    I have a 2 year old son who is diagnosed with autism, we have 4 hours of therapy 5 days a week just so he can look at us and tell us that he is feeling hungry. I can’t even tell you about all the nights we have spent crying thinking about the kind of life we had imagined.

    I had a terrier named Tony for 8 years, and it was not anything like raising a child.

    P.S: I think you would make a great mother, I have seen you shoot a live wedding on Creative Live and you definitely have what it takes to be a mother

  12. Der Chang

    August 29th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t usually like dogs, but your is cute!

  13. Darci

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Sounds like me! Our house is ruled by our 2 pugs. And I agree, they do smile and it’s so stinkin’ cute!!

  14. Mrcy

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Weush, thought I was the only one with a long list of why not to have a kid. I have two Shibas who certainly haven’t helped to change my attitude about kids. Pwehehe Always a pleasure to read your blog. (:

  15. Nichole

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Girl, me too. Only I have two dogs, so it’s twice the we-think-we’re-human. πŸ˜‰

  16. a little bit of whimsy photography

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    and one day you will see that you are mistaken about those abilities… one day my friend! You will be voted best Parent over and over!!! although you WILL probably have to learn to cook…….

  17. Tim Poole

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    On the other hand, I have heard, and do believe that the relationship you have with your pet is a great predictor of the type of parent you will be. I believe that your interaction with Polo predicts great parenthood for you, if you choose.

  18. Clickmama

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Oh Please. I know you love him and everything but he aint the same thing as a child, your child so relax you will make a great parent speaking of which when are you kids gonna get working and gimme some granbabies!! :))

  19. Jarka H.

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Such a cute smile. Totally undrestand you πŸ™‚

  20. Sandra Fazzino

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    That’s cuz you got "mad love to give!" "I ain’t got nothin but love for ya, honey."

  21. Donna Stokes Kennedy

    August 29th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    My dog smiles too.

  22. Alycia

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I feel the exact same way. I let my chihuahua Dolly get away with everything. This is one of the many things that has led me to be childfree!

  23. Kiki

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    This is scarily similar to my own dog/owner relationship! I always say Milo (black Pomeranian, who also smiles, no doubt) is part cat part human, he’ll even pounce on a piece of string.

  24. Jo

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Dogs don’t talk back or make real tantrums, once this starts, you will automatically feel the need to discipline in a positive manner! Kids are super cute but in the day to day basis they learn from your actions, so sweetie, that kid won’t ever be a dictator, he’ll be a great person in society just like Mami & daddy!Β 

  25. Emily Heizer photography

    August 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Um… I know that wallpaper and that headboard and that artwork on the wall. Maybe it’s a giant coincidence, but are you at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento?!!!! It’s really distinctive because of the political cartoons on the wall- we do all of our boudoir shoots there! And it’s like, 5 minutes from my house!

  26. Evonne and Darren

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    We can totally relate! We are the same way with our cats… that’s why we don’t have kids! We love our furbabies! πŸ™‚

  27. Fabuluxe

    August 30th, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Ohhh… i love Polo.

  28. LEOLAK

    August 30th, 2012 at 3:00 am

    POLO PIC!!! Any time you need a dog sitter let me know! I’ll hop on a plane and be there! LOL I think you’d make an awesome mom! πŸ™‚

  29. Jen R

    August 30th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    hehe, my dog smiles too and I also confess to being a spoiler.

  30. Mom

    August 31st, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I love my Polo!!

  31. Laura Kelly

    August 31st, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    You will be an amazing parent, because you’ll put your kids in raincoats and mini scarves and stuff just like Polo. Cutest. Kid. Ever.

  32. Michelle

    September 3rd, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Polo and you were meant to be… you both smile… a lot πŸ™‚ It is contagious for sure!

  33. Yen

    September 5th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    always a fan of Polo. cute kid!

  34. SAM RT

    June 11th, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Cute Polo,, very beautiful picture