Umm… no. I have 3 kids (1 adopted, 2 biological) I also have a dog, a cat and a turtle. I am not the pets’ father in any sense of the word. I do like them for the most part. The dog is just a puppy, so is annoying, but not a bad dog really. They make acceptable kid replacements and I don’t really begrudge childless people the vanity of thinking themself a pet parent, but once you have kids, that vanity goes out the window(at least for me.) Kids are just tremendous time sinks and much needier than pets. Plus, they’re just a heck of a lot more fun. My wife decided to do the ‘fun park’ earlier in the day so I can’t go and I’m bummed, but a trip to the dog park I am more than happy to bow out of.
I think that mostly I’m just over animals. I had a ‘best friend’ dog that died about 7 years ago and I’ve not gotten back on the dog bandwagon since then. Our boxer was a good dog and I miss her since she died last year, but at the end of the day she was a dog. Our cat is one of those rare cats that is ultra-loving, but she’s still just a cat. The puppy is a puppy and the turtle is amusing to watch, but more akin to moving artwork than a real pet. It does know when you come by his tank and gets all excited. Honestly, if I came home today and found out the wife had given them all away to good homes, I don’t think it would bug me in the slightest - maybe the cat a little since we’ve had her 14 years now. She’s too old to be starting over even though she spent last night sleeping on my head and pillow like a freak.