Rowdy was my baby. I brought her home when she was 7 weeks old. She taught me what life would be like when I had kids. We didn't have a great yard when she was a puppy so I had to take her out on the leash. That meant every 2 or 3 hours when she first came home. She is a high energy breed so she was awake early wanting to play and eat. I tried to crate train her, but I always caved when I heard her whining. Eventually I put her in the bed at night so she would sleep. Now I can't get her out of the bed. When E had his internship and then deployed, she was my companion for those 18 months. When I cooked dinner, I made some for her. She cuddled with me at night. She went everywhere with me. Even now Rowdy is still my baby. She is getting older and crankier, but I still cuddle with her at night.
Those are my other babies. I love them like I love my children even when they bark all night long.