Marriage Vows For Dogs

There was no ceremony when I got my dogs. No presents, no congratulations, no party. No one wore any fancy clothes, or shoved cake in my face. We didn’t even take many pictures. But, I believe that I, subconsciously, applied marriage vows to my dogs. No, I don’t mean that I secretly wanted to marry my dogs. What I mean is that after awhile I figured out that when you get a pet, you are making promises to them. So, here is my take on what vows I have made to my dogs:

I, (person who turns to mush when animals are present) take you, (sweet tiny furball with sad eyes) to be the result of many disastrous and embarrassing situations in my immediate future.

For better (meaning you listen when I tell you not to eat the dead bird in the yard) or for worse (meaning you don’t listen and run away with the dead bird from the yard).

For richer (meaning I can buy your food and afford groceries for myself) and poorer (meaning I can buy your food and not be able to afford groceries for myself).

In sickness (meaning when I am sick I will still drag my ass outside and play with you) and in health (meaning that when I am healthy you will inevitably be sick and I will train myself to wake from even the deepest of sleeps when you start to make the “I’m going to explode all over the floor” panting sounds).

To love (meaning I will adore you and you will learn to manipulate me) and to cherish (meaning I will keep you safe and warm and loved and you will thank me by trying to escape the yard).

From this day forward (meaning I won’t get rid of you no matter how bad you are), until death do us part (meaning someday I will have to learn to live without you and it will break me).

Mylo, 2 weeks old 

Toady, 2.5 months


72 thoughts on “Marriage Vows For Dogs

  1. Oh my word…your puppy pics are adorable! And I love your post, because it rings true in our household, especially the “manipulate” part! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t help but think of that inevitable moment down the line as well, but I am slowly learning that if I spend those moments thinking about such sad thoughts, I miss the happy moments that are occuring right in front of me.

    • Thank you! I miss when they were tiny. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have learned that as well, but when that thought does creep to the surface it’s painful. But, I am lucky to have them now and I am grateful for it.

  2. Hi! Thanks for visiting One Spoiled Cat… Mom says that those marriage vows were perfect for cats too so even though I’ve been part of this household for twelve years already, she and I have put our paws/hands to the paper and intend to honor these vows too !

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  3. Great idea for a post… sometimes I don’t think people realize the commitment they’re making when they get a pet. It’s for life, their life.

  4. Mason arrived after being alone for 20 years, I loved your vows…and as in a marriage when one thought goes flying by; “What was I thinking” I will think of your post. Of course, I was not thinking, I fell in love with my four-legged furball. ajm (aka) Teddynator.

    • How sweet of you! I think, as dog owners, we all need to remember that there are people just like us out there with the same crazy pets, all with the same ups and downs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Beautiful pet vows! I wish all prospective pet owners were required to commit like this. I’m sure you know people, as do I, who will get rid of a pet the moment it becomes troublesome to them. Shame on them.

  6. Whee love this. Our Mummy is rolling her eyes and muttering about it all being “So true!”. Though it isn’t quite accurate for guinea pigs whee may get Mummy to write one for us and link the idea back to you in a future post, if you don’t mind that is?

    Piggy Kisses

    Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy

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  8. Too bad there is no love button, but I did not like it, but loved it. Great post and beautiful dog:) I wish more people would think the way you do.

  9. Reblogged this on Stan the dog and commented:
    Perhaps some of the words here should be used when rescue dogs are handed over to their new families – some bits made me smile, while other bits are serious really… I particulary like this bit “For richer (meaning I can buy your food and afford groceries for myself) and poorer (meaning I can buy your food and not be able to afford groceries for myself).” Made me think of the many dogs in rescue who are there because the owners say they can no longer afford to keep them. Stan is family and I will always afford to keep him even if I had to starve to do so!

  10. Awesome! This is very inspiring, and is exactly how I feel about my girls — all my girls (two dogs, one cat). I have never had the “vows” either, but those silent promises are meant for life.

    What a lovely blog! I will follow you. (Uh oh, I feel a song coming on…)

  11. I have just discovered your blog and love it! I have signed up to follow ๐Ÿ™‚ I have shared this on my blog Facebook page with a direct link back for readers to find more of your superb writing. Cheers from Toronto Becky

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  13. Forgive me for taking so long to stop by and say HI and to thank you for following our blog.

    This has to be one of the best descriptions I have ever seen about what it means to have animals and the way you put it all together as vows is absolutely wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Thank you very much, that’s very kind of you. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the post, and hope that you find others of mine as enjoyable! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for taking a look!

  14. Great, great post – thanks for stopping by and reading about our squatters. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our little Yorkie/Schnauzer (I called him a Yowzer when he was being bad) disappeared from our yard several years ago, and we never found him. We now have a blue dapple doxie named Spencer that we love, but he’s prone to wander too, so we got wise and put an electronic fence in. I wish we’d thought of that with Diogi!

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