A woman who is unable to become a mother has said her dog is like a substitute daughter to her.
She believes she should be given the same rights as a child.
Kate Taylor, 42, from Calne, Wiltshire, adopted her cross-breed Poppy, now 13, when she was only ten weeks old. She was struggling to conceive with her husband, Rob and says she fond of her pet the way she would fond of her child.
She is now working from home because she cannot bear to be away from her pooch. She wants her dog to be accepted in all public spaces the way children are.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Kate explained that Poppy helped her carry on and gives her hope.
‘Why should being a mom means you have to give birth?’ she said. ‘I’ve come to realize that being biologically related to someone is the least of what makes you a mother. Motherhood is so much more than that. It’s about loving someone unconditionally, nurturing and caring for them. Putting their needs before your own.
‘The void childlessness has in my life has been very much filled by my dog Poppy, who I treat and love like any mom would their daughter.’
‘The love and devotion that I feel towards her could not be stronger, and I know many people feel that same bond towards their canine companion.’
Kate – who runs the pet directory dotty4paws.co.uk, remembered how she and her husband Rob went through three rounds of unsuccessful IVF, putting a strain on their wellbeing.
Realizing that not being able to be a mother gave her a feeling that she did not belong in society.
Kate admitted that leaving Poppy is not possible because the pup suffers from separation anxiety.
‘I hate leaving her. If I do, I make it as brief as possible,’ she says.
The blogger says she can not stay out for the whole day, and cannot leave the house for more than three hours.
But she argued: ‘You wouldn’t think of leaving a child alone while you’re out.’
She also said that when children misbehave in pubs, it is okay while dogs are kept out.
‘We’ll go out to the pub and on the side, you have a dog quietly sitting under the table, you wouldn’t know she’s there, and across, you’d have two kids creating mayhem,’ she said.
‘Why is it they are allowed to be there, to be accepted anywhere,’ she asked.
She argues that children can be as ‘difficult’ like dogs, and a child is as likely to misbehave as a dog is to ‘bark and bark.’
She added that whether it comes to dogs or children, ‘you know your offspring well enough to know how they’ll behave.’
The couple has recently adopted an eleven-week old cross-breed puppy called Gertie – short for Gertrude.
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