We have a dog. I never thought I’d say that. The idea of walking around in the rain watching a dog have a poo while you wait to pick it up and then carry it around, really didn’t appeal to me.
But now we have one I can’t imagine my life without her. Her name is Lilly and she is a 7 year old Pug. Sarah has had her from a pup and she’s ace. She’s such a laid back dog and very placid and demands very little of us both.
She can usually be found sat on my feet while I sit in front of a laptop and work. Her days are spent snuffling the ground for food, sleeping, snoring and laying in the sun when it does make an appearance.
It has occurred to me that once the baby turns up, the family dynamic as it stands changes for everyone, including Lilly.
I did wonder how we introduce the baby to Lilly and will she understand that there will be a new person in the house we need to spend our time and affection on. I’m not sure if jealousy in animals is a common trait. I’ll ask Michaela Strachan when I see her next.
The last thing I want to do is make Lilly think she has been replaced or moved down our list of priorities. And although Lilly is such a placid dog and so laid back with children (she just sits there while my two nephews cover her in stickers) you do hear of stories where even the most placid of dog turn on a child and scars them for life. This is the last thing I want for our baby and although it seems highly unlikely it still is a possibility.
So what to do? Do I keep a close eye on Lilly at all times and don’t let my guard down? Keep her in a different room at all times? Place Lilly in another home where she can have more attention and won’t see our baby as a threat or does she stay with us and we hope nothing happens?
This is going to take a lot of thought. I can’t imagine not having Lilly in my life but then I won’t ever put our daughter at risk.
Any thoughts on this? I would really appreciate any solutions you have come up with if you have been in a similar situation.