Bringing home Baby
My Life is Chaos…
Don’t get me wrong, it’s the most amazing chaos, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m a dog trainer by profession, and I have been for about 9 years now. I have this (at times) unreasonable need to know EVERYTHING I possibly can about our furry canine companions. In fact, it’s what drives me to work towards my degree in behavior. So on top of my already busy life with dogs…so…many…dogs…I’m heading back to school! So here is where my life gets a little hectic.
I’m a Mama.
That means so much in both of the worlds I am existent in. I’m a doggy Mama of 3, and a Mama of two tiny toed babies! My son is 5 years old, and my daughter recently turned 1, so the majority of my chaotic life is balancing the things I love, and want, with reality. Sometimes it’s pretty rough, and that’s something my clients tend to voice to me fairly often. It’s hard balancing dogs, kids, and life without disrupting the delicate structure for both of them. In fact, bringing home a baby is one of the major reasons people give up their dogs. However, there is a way to make it all work, and it really isn’t that complicated.
13 years ago I brought home our first puppy, with a serious lack of ANY of the dog knowledge I have now. I was about 17 years old, and lucky for us, Scoonie was the SWEETEST bundle of puppy I have had the pleasure of knowing. He immediately had the best temperament, and was so amazing with kids. He has amazingly tender eyes, and is always the best companion around the house, I couldn’t have asked for a better first love. To be fair to this sweet dog, we were lucky he was so manageable, and gentle. Without the knowledge in behavior, training, and health care that we have today, we could have easily had a very rough first experience with a dog that was higher energy then Scoonie. It was like a match made in heaven!
I was 3 months pregnant with my son when a tiny pit puppy wandered in to my work late one afternoon. Karma was slumped over a mans shoulder sleeping soundly, when I touched her little nose and she opened her big green eyes. I was in love! CLEARLY I couldn’t say no…so we welcomed pooch number 2 into our growing family! We made ready for the arrival of our first bundle of joy, and bringing him home was something I really worried about, people sure know how to terrify a first time parent! What I didn’t know was, I was already preparing my dogs for our family to grow, without even realizing what I was doing. Everyday my body changed in so many ways, and the dogs were so attentive. By not keeping them away from me, they were progressing right alongside my growing baby. They were by my side at all times, and when I was put on temporary bed rest, my constant companions were of the furry variety! I took a lot of flack about the dogs when my son arrived. In fact, my Dad had gone out of his way to find a home for my “dangerous” dogs, because it “just wasn’t safe to raise my kids with them”. Of course that simply just wasn’t an option, we just had to find a way to balance our new life.
A few years later, we were excited to find out that we were going to welcome a new two legged addition to the family, a sweet baby girl. Scoonie was getting older, and Karma was in no position to ever really be alone, so after some careful consideration, we contacted a rescue we had been a part of and let them know we were ready to welcome a new four-legged member to our family as well. Vino was a 4-month-old Cane Corso, and he arrived just two weeks after my daughter was born. Honestly it was the best choice we could have possibly made for our family. I am often asked if it was harder raising a puppy with a new baby, and my answer is always, no. It created an interesting bond between them, and I learned to balance things in a way that no one really disrupted each other. It is a fun challenge making life work with tiny toes, furry paws, and education. It is completely doable, so don’t give up on your fuzzy friends!
Yes, my life is chaos, and I wouldn’t change a thing.