Dogs came to my family before children, and I was unprepared for the split I experienced the day my first child was born. My dogs were no longer my doted upon children, they became my dogs. The relief watching the kids grow and interact with the furry members of the family is felt most acutely when they have moments like this one:
Superman and Rocky have had their fair share of sibling spats. Since Rock became an only-dog though, his attitude towards the kids has turned more affectionate. Where before he was once inconvenienced by the intruders, now that we’ve said goodbye to Lily he seems to have adopted us as his family…what an ironic turn that is!
But moments where I see the real benefit of having a dog are like this…which makes all the muddy paws, hair balls, barking at squirrels, and an unsettling affinity for baby poop…worthwhile 🙂