“They are absolutely child replacements, although I try to treat them like dogs, not babies.
Getting them when my last daughter left home, made having an empty home more bearable.
There was no longer silence when I opened the front door.
I feel like I am never alone.
They will also never grow up, like my children did.
They will never leave home, or prefer to be with their friends.
Having the dogs has been a constant in our lives.”