We’ve all had that awkward conversation with our parents about when we’re going to stop “messing around” and start popping out kiddos, but the fact is most millennials are waiting later and later to start families. Even though we’re not having kids quite yet, we’re not totally skipping out on settling down… we’re just doing it with fur-babies instead of human babies. According to research firm Mintel, millennials are significantly more likely to own a dog than the general population, with 75 percent of Americans in their thirties claiming to be proud pup mommies and daddies (vs. 50 percent of all Americans).
But along with puppy cuddles and adorable Instagrams, there’s a secret benefit to adopting a pup that’s sparked an entirely new internet phenomenon. Grandpuppy (AKA four-legged grandkids) is the newest multi-generational term that’s sweeping the web, and it’s freaking adorable.
From dropping off the pooch at Grandma’s house during work hours to letting your parents spoil them just as much as a human kid, giving your parents a grandpup just might quash your parents’ desperate cry for grandkids… at least for now. With already nearly 25,000 Instagram posts using the hashtag #grandpuppy, this new trend might be here for the long haul, and we couldn’t be more stoked.
Sure, adopting a puppy is still a serious decision that needs careful consideration and thought, but we have to admit we’re totally on board for this adorable new trend. Seriously, if there’s one thing the world needs, it’s more puppies. If it feels right, you can combine it with actual babies too for double cuteness.
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