Yes, My Dogs Are My Kids… Is There Really a Commonality Between Dogs and Children? There are many mothers and fathers who will tell you that having children cannot compare to having dogs. These individuals are very wrong. Either that or they have never ever owned a puppy and they have never owned a German Shepherd. My husband and I were not fortunate enough to be blessed with children. We had fertility treatments, we looked into the foster care system, which we ran from.