Demoting the Dog

After the baby came along, our pet lost his dominion over my heart and lap. A "Take Your Dog to Work Day" confessional

Illustration for TIME by Juliette Borda

Take your daughter to work day, in April, is a brilliant idea, and I can't wait to take part in it once my little girl is old enough to stop confusing "writer" with "waiter." Take Your Dog to Work Day--June 22--is a cynical copycat that for me confirms this cold truth: in my heart, my daughter and my dog are not equals.

Before my baby came along, my dog was my baby. He arrived in my life the day after my wedding, a gift that my husband and I had no memory of registering for at Bed Bath & Beyond. But...

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