I do not call myself a Dog Mum.
People find it strange that I don’t give myself this title, and neither does my partner. It was never a conversation that we had or an active decision we made when Rufus first entered our lives. But, when people referred us as Rufus ‘parents’ or his ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’. We just looked looked at each other and awkwardly smiled at each other thinking I have no idea how to comprehend it.
It was a weird thing that just never, ever sat with us right. Pottering around the house, if we tell Rufus to go to either of us, we’ve always used our own names. It’s something that I’ve tried and I’ve always found quite strange that it has never sat naturally with me.