If you’re a mom—whether to a two-legged kiddo, fur child or both—you know that it is truly the best job in the world. But that doesn’t mean every moment is picture-perfect. Sometimes, things can get messy, hectic and even a little ugly—but we wouldn’t have it any other way. As a dog mom, you take the midnight bathroom emergencies, indoor mud trails and chomped up, scratched up furniture in stride. Why? Because, you know the good that comes along with the name Mom far outweighs the bad. Nothing can compare to the unconditional love you receive as being their No. 1, and here are just a few ways you earn that title day in and day out.
You always think ahead.
If you’re headed out on a long walk, you take some snacks, a travel water bowl and extra poop bags along. If you see a threat in the form of an anthill, you guide your pup the other way. You always have their best interest top of mind so that you can keep them happy and safe.
You keep your cool when things get wild.
If you have a puppy who’s rough-housing or a dog who loves to chase every squirrel in sight, you know how to roll with the punches and regain control of the situation—even if it takes a few minutes.
Quick-thinker is your middle name.
You can’t always see what’s coming, whether it’s an unexpected trip to the vet or an out-of-nowhere race to untangle leashes with the not-so friendly neighbor dog. But you handle the everyday surprises like a pro.
You know when to laugh.
No matter your best efforts, things don’t always go as planned—and as a mom, you know that’s OK! If the sit command is turning into a semi-squat, at least they mastered a new, unique trick! And if you can’t get your pet to sit still for their Mother’s Day portrait, then take an action shot.