Originally Posted by murried2
being said, who wouldn't do anything for their kids?
Plenty of people, but they aren't likely to be the same people who are spending hours talking about their dogs on an internet forum.
My husband and his family are good examples, though. They think of themselves as "dog" people, and dogs live in the house, cuddle, play, etc. Overall the dogs get attention, love, and basic healthcare...but at the same time, they do not think of dogs as "part of the family" the way most of us here at BW do. For them, I'm quite sure there is a limit on how much money they would spend. I'm not sure what it is. Hundreds of dollars is probably ok, but if you start talking thousands, I'd be surprised if they would pay it. There is really wide range of pet attitudes - most of us on BW fall at the extreme end of doing as much for our pets as we would any human member of the family...and of course the opposite extreme are the people who would do nothing and neglect their pets routinely. But probably the majority are in the middle.
I had several thousand dollars of vet expenses the first 6 weeks that I had my dog, so I'm well aware that they can get high unexpectedly. I know that my husband will have issues if I have to spend that kind of money again, but I also know I'll win! We knew going into the marriage that we had different philosophies about pets, but he also recognizes that's an integral part of who I am...asking me not to put a high priority on my pets would be like me asking him not to be social! It can't happen - it's part of who we are, and we have to accept that.