We went around the town and made dog-dads answer rapid-fire questions. Here is what they had to say:
What does it mean to be dog-dad?
Being a dog-papa is a unique feeling. It's not my flesh and blood, but it definitely feels like my first born.
It means coming home to somebody who will wag his/her tail tirelessly, who will coax you to play fetch even though you are super tired, and most importantly, who will lick you till the end of night when you are not in your greatest spirits.
The feeling cannot be put into words, it can only be experienced.
What is the one part of being a dog-dad that you enjoy the most?
Watching them grow day by day, and our understanding cementing so well.
They are a perfect stress-busters. One whole mad day at work can be superbly negated by playing for 5 mins with your fur baby.
The fact that they look at you ever so often for reassurance is very melting.
Their puppy eyes to get that last piece of cheese is damn funny! And all the negotiation that goes into it.
What do you find the most demanding aspect of this role?
I think it's the sheer discipline and diligence that you need to follow day in and day out. You must give plenty of time to your pet. Take him/her out for walks, indulge in playful activities, giving him/her daily dose of exercise, feed him on time.
The fact that your dog cannot express himself or herself necessitates that you continually anticipate his/her needs and fulfill them.
What do you not enjoy being a dog-father?
Well I enjoy everything, and it would be wrong to say that there is something that I detest. But if we are being honest, waking up at 5:00 AM to take him out for his pee-pee is not very fun (Especially on weekends).
What are the five things that come to your mind when somebody says dog-dad?
Responsibility (lots of it!)
My best buddy
Zoom meeting partner
What is the most rewarding experience about your journey?
If you think about it, it's not that a dog becomes a part of your family only, but it's also the other way around. They choose you as their family. And they do a mighty good job at it.
The fact that they do not ask for anything, but only show boundless affection, makes you want to love them even more. And beat them at it. But the winner is always them.
What is a message that you would like to give out to future dog dads?
Having a pet might not be an easy decision - it warrants a lifetime commitment, but it also comes with endless supply of happiness. Give them all the love and care that you can and they will only multiply it when they reciprocate. It's a fun journey and I want to live it every day of my life over and over.