My Daughter’s Furry Best Friend

I have to admit, I was really worried about having two babies. No, I don’t have twins, but what I do have is a 16-year old poodle named Peaches and my 2 ½ year old daughter, Pudding Pop.

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 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.

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4 Responses to “My Daughter’s Furry Best Friend”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? October 6, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    We had 2 dogs when my son was born and the one pretty much just didn’t care about him one way or the other. The other dog we ended up having to find a new home for because she would snap at him constantly and got this “look” when she was around him. She looked like she was going to snap at any second. We just couldn’t take the chance.

    I’m glad it worked out for you with Peaches, from your picture she looks like my Grandmother’s dog Yucky (pronounce yoo-kie – I have no idea what it meant). Yucky used to bite me!

  2. Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom October 7, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    What an adorable picture! I agree, having a pet is a great opportunity for children to learn compassion. I’m so glad things worked out between PP and Peaches! Our first “baby” was a lab beagle mix who was 7 when we brought our daughter home. At first, he wasn’t too interested, but now our daughter is 18 months they get along very well.

  3. Dy-Anne October 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    I am really glad to read this. My dog loves my kids but he is very rough with them and they let him act that way so I don’t know who to blame- my dog or the kids.
    Its good to see that a dog that disliked children warmed up to a baby and decided she was her baby too. I worried that my dog will knock the baby out of its swing, bassinet etc or maybe just lick it to death!
    I just hope he calms into a wonderfully baby loving dog not just a rambunctious kid roughing dog.

  4. beagle dog training January 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Great post. I hope you had a merry christmass :) I got a beagle puppy for xmass so I’m all excited from that :D