Before PP’s birth, Peaches never liked children (or other dogs or men or most adults, for that matter). Therefore, you could imagine my apprehension about bringing my new baby home to meet my first furry baby. Pre-birth, I read posts about introducing your baby to your pets. I attended child birth classes which actually discussed this very topic (not surprisingly, about 80% of the couples in the room also had a pet at home). So I knew I wasn’t the only one—however, my dog did not have a good track record.
It was a slow & controlled introduction and now Peaches & PP get along very well. There were a few times that Peaches growled at PP but that mostly happened if Peaches was sitting on my lap & PP tried to climb on top of me. But for the most part, Peaches & PP are best friends. PP shares her snacks with Peaches, hugs Peaches, kisses her good night every night, gives Peaches “tweats” (as PP calls them), and shares her toys with her. Peaches has actually completely accepted all kids & I no longer fear having kids over (I used to have to keep Peaches on a different floor since just the sound of kids irritated her).
Peaches is at my parent’s house this week & PP cried when they left with her..you could hear her saying between sobs, “My Peaches.” When Peaches is at my parent’s house, PP calls to talk to her too. I love how having a pet is teaching PP compassion & how to love an animal. She loves all animals now & I feel that having Peaches in our life has taught her how to properly treat & care for animals.