Mr. TBS had two dogs when he was a kid, but he didn't have to do much to take care of them, and I don't think they were in the family for very long, unfortunately. It wasn't until we adopted Tolly (cute video of him HERE) in 2008 that he felt like he had his first pet. We're in our fifth year of being pet parents, and to us, they are our kids.
Now, don't get your panties in a bunch, everyone. (I hate the word "panties," but the line just isn't as effective if I say "undies," you know?) This post is not about comparing animals to children, and I am not devaluing anyone's experience as a parent. To us, they are our kids, and they provide the parenting experience that we know so far. As everyone else says, I know we will feel unquantifiably different when we have a child.
All that aside, can I please tell you why my husband is the cutest dad in training?
He diligently researches holistic cat health.
"We value our health. Why wouldn't we do the same for them?"
He does not hesitate to buy organic, raw food for them.
"We're not going to feed them the McDonald's of cat food."
He nurtures them.
I learned as a CASA that the brains of children who are neglected are
30% underdeveloped compared to those of children who are not. (See a CT scan HERE)
He purposely varies their food options.
"I wouldn't want to eat the same thing every day."
He will never let us miss or delay a vet appointment.
He loves them.
It is the most precious thing on the planet to watch.
He is conscious of how stimulating their environment is.
He carries them outside or let's them play in the grass when they lead him to the door.
She can be held like that for hours. OK, minutes. For a cat, that's a long time!
He may continue to tell me that he won't know how to handle dirty diapers, spit up, and boogers when we have a kid, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he is going to be wrapped around that kid's finger and won't think twice about tending to him/her.
Essentially, men who love animals are sexy, and although my husband may not know it yet, our future kid is going to make a huge sucker out of him!
In other news, a Monsters, Inc., prequel is coming out this summer! Maybe I'll get another Halloween costume idea. ;) Who else is pumped to watch college-aged Wazowski and Sulley?!