20 Signs You’re a Next Level, “Crazy Dog Mom”

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If you’re anything like me, you consider the term “Crazy Dog Mom” a title of endearment. You wear that title badge with honor.

Pets aren’t just pets anymore, nor is the family dog, just… a dog. They’re valuable members of the family, surrogate children, if you will. Also known as “fur kids, or fur babies.”

Do we go out of our way to make sure our dogs are happy? Yep! Do we spend way too much money on things like organic treats and matching accessories? You betcha! Do we love our dogs more than most humans? Most definitely! If you’re an OG dog mom, slobber stains and dog hair are just part of the gig. (No judgies)

If you can relate to any of the sentiments below, you are most definitely a crazy dog mom, but rest assured. You’re in good company. 🙂

1. You’ve sent out puppy announcements to announce the arrival of your new fur baby!

Nothing screams “I’m obsessed with my dog” quite like a birth announcement. Bonus points if you sent them via snail mail.

 

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2. Your dog sleeps on a therapeutic or memory foam bed.

Dogs sleep a lot, even when they’re young and healthy! According to the American Kennel Club, puppies can sleep for up to 20 hours per day, while a fully grown dog can get as many as 12 to 14 hours of snoozes. Make sure Fido catches those Zzz’s in comfort!

3. You have more pictures of your dog hung up in your house than other family members or friends.

Even your human children know that the dog is most certainly your favorite!

4. Your local coffee shop barista knows your order always includes a puppuccino.

Who doesn’t love a whip-creamed mustache on a doggy snout?!

 

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5. Your holiday card features photos of the whole family, even the members that have four-legs.

And we love to see it! According to Mark Rogers, a San Francisco based pet photographer, the first rule of photography is to: take lots of photos! The more you take, the better your chances of getting a few amazing shots. “Always bring an extra battery,” warns Rogers.

6. Your dog eats better than you do, you’ve even made your own organic treats!

Every dog mom knows that the way to a doggo’s heart is definitely through their stomach, whether you are making their food or just buying the premium stuff (you know, like the fancy refrigerated kind). And when making a to-go run, dog moms always snag their fur baby a puppuccino from Starbucks or doggy bagel from Einsteins.

7. You have matching articles of clothing.

Everyday can be twin day, if you have enough outfits!

 

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8. Your phone constantly asks you to upgrade it’s storage because you have so many photos of your pup.

Those blurry pics though. Sit. Stay. Look at me, no over here. Stop, no, stay! *sighs *gives up* boop your nose*

9. You have a tattoo of your dog, or something in memoriam of them.

What better way to celebrate the life of your best friend than by getting something permanently inked on your body! The best tattoos are the ones with meaning behind them.

 

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10. You’ve purchased a webcam solely to keep an eye on your pup while you’re away.

You hate leaving your dog home alone for long periods of time, it’s only natural to want to check in on them from time to time. You, know, make sure they’re not getting into any trouble… (or just to watch them sleep). Extra dog mom points if the webcam is equipped with a built-in laser toy or treat dispenser.

11. You celebrate your dog’s birthday!

What’s a birthday party without a take home doggy bag?! Check out these cute personalized puppy favor bags!

12. Your parents refer to your dog as their “grandchild.”

Sure, your parents like their human grandchildren and all… but the title of favorite, goes to the grandchild with four legs.

13. Your dog has a daycare or gym membership.

Dogs can be like young children. If you don’t give them something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll likely find something destructive to do instead. Every good dog mom knows that exercise is very important for a healthy, happy, well-rounded pup!

 

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14. Your dog has a “best friend” and you regularly arrange doggy play dates.

Really, it’s just an opportunity for you to get together with your other gal pal, her pooch and spill the tea over some iced coffee!

15. You’ve shown strangers pictures of your dog.

Let’s face it, you think your dog should have his/her own modeling career, because they’re just “SO CUTE.” It is pure bliss when someone asks voluntarily to see photos of your fur baby! As a dog mom, you happily oblige.

16. Your dog has their own Instagram account.

See #15. I’ll say it again. Modeling career. STARDOM.

 

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17. Your vacation plans involve your dog.

Your dog wants a vacation too! Luckily planning a trip is easier than ever! Check out our 7 tips for booking a pet friendly Airbnb to save you time when planning your next trip.

18. When people buy you gifts, it’s always dog related.

And you’re definitely not mad about it! In fact, you love it! Keep em comin’ 🙂

 

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19. Your voice changes octaves when talking to or about your fur baby.

You are one-hundred percent a crazy dog mom, if you use weird-made-up-words-and-nicknames and talk in a baby voice when it comes to anything dog or puppy related.

20. And finally, you prefer your dog, over people.

“Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just new colors but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment.”―Caroline Knapp

 

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Kara is a dog mama to 3-year-old English Bulldog, Winnie. Winnie and Kara are inseparable. Whether home watching crime documentaries or packing up for their next travel adventure – they are always together. Follow along @winnieroobullydog.

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