So What About The FurBabies?

Mile&DextieRemember these two? A few people have asked how they’re doing, how they’ve adjusted to having Ava around. Dexter has coped really well, he absolutley adores Ava. He loves sitting next to me when I feed her and sniffing her feet. A couple of times when I’ve been burping her, the sneaky little bugger has even stolen a kiss on her face, so we have to keep an eye on him for that, but otherwise he’s completely smitten! He’s going to be Ava’s best buddy when she grows up. I can see it already, him dressed in her dollies clothes, being pushed around in a dollies pram.

Miley, on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish altogether. She’s far more high strung than Dextie is and has not made the transition as smoothly from queen of the childless home, to cute, much loved doggie in a child friendly home. The first few weeks, every time Ava cried or made any noises, her eyes would get really wide and wild and she’d run out the room. Then she figured out that Ava was taking attention away from her, which naturally would upset any little queen, so she promptly started sneaking into Ava’s room to wee or poop on the carpet. Thankfully that phased has now past.

Of course, the two little buggers thing that EVERYTHING in this house belongs to them, so their favorite thing is to sneak a nap in her dounut cushion or pull the toys off her baby gym and play with them in the garden.

I suppose its tough when you’ve been top dog, so to speak, and some tiny, pink, squalling thing comes along and bumps you off the top perch. Don’t get me wrong, W and I have not become one of those couples, you know the ones whispered about in utter disgust by infertile couples, the ones who do eventually get a kid and there dog becomes nothing, chucked outside, relegated to the yard, a cursory pat on the head in passing? I recall the days before we had Ava, our dogs where our everything, they were our children, but that DOES change when you eventually have a child. An IF sister commented to me a few weeks ago about how the dogs were adjusting and reminding me that they were here first which is exactly the kind of thing I would have said in my pre-Ava days. But the reality is, your child does take priority over your dogs, regardless of who’s been around longer. As an childless women I didn’t understand that before. I do now. Our doggies still sleep in our bedroom and have free range of our house, but they are not first priority any longer. How could they possibly be? Our first priority is our little sausage.

So, ja, they have been bumped a rung down the ladder but are still very much loved and part of the family.

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  • Reply sue

    They are still too sweet! I’m sure they’ll soon adjust to their new place in the pecking order 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    It sounds like they are both doing well. And, they are still adorable.

    January 30, 2010 at 2:32 am
  • Reply Adi

    Ag, they’re both going to be huge friends of your little one in time. Sounds like Miley just needs some time. And the nice thing is that perhaps now, they get a teeny weeny little bit less attention than usually but in a year or two they are going to have a big playmate and will get an overdose of it. Don’t know how we’re going to fit in time for our beasts AND our two kitties once there is a baby but at least they will get lots of walkies!

    January 30, 2010 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    And our poor Sandie – who was our first born pup…. has been thrown waaaay down the ladder with the addition of three mini weavers!! But I keep telling her that her day will come again… when the nippers are more independant and I still need someone to care for… then she will be in the foreground again!
    It is hard for them – an adjustment, but it doesn’t mean you love them any less x

    January 30, 2010 at 10:25 am
  • Reply SCY

    I think it’s normal for the hounds to take second place once baby arrives but I can also say that you and W are wonderful at still giving your furbabies love and attention and showing them that they are still loved and appreciated.


    January 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply monica lemoine

    Glad to see this post, Shaz, and find out how your pups are faring. I’ve been wondering lately what Tebow’s going to think and feel once the baby arrives. GOod to know that, although he might get bumped down a rung on the ladder as you state so eloquently, he’ll still be a part of our lovin’ family. 🙂

    January 31, 2010 at 1:01 am
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