Babies and DogsNicole Hill Gerulat
It’s funny that I took this picture for this post I meant to write weeks ago, then Natalie wrote about the same thing… yet we have very different stories.
My Portuguese Water Dog, Molly, was my first born. (Are you grossed out yet?) Ok, what I mean is that Molly is my first child. I got to meet her at 3 days old and she came to my home at 8 weeks. She also thinks I’m her mommy (or Alpha, or whatever you want to call it) and follows me around everywhere.
I bought this breed because my family had discovered 16 years earlier, that they are great with babies and children. And with Molly, it’s definitely proven to be true. Before Evie arrived, Molly’s best friend was a little one year old named Sam -who we’d walk with every day. When we babysat another baby, Oliver, Molly would sit next to him with his paw protectively on his leg.
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Since Evie arrived, Molly has learned a new vocabulary of words and phrases including, “Don’t lick, Molly!” Molly licking Evie’s hand or head (usually not the face, just the head) has really been our only problem. That phrase sent Evie into uncontrollable rolling laughter that I was able to capture on film for a few clips. I’ve NEVER heard Evs laugh that hard. It was so awesome.
I think in the dog/baby department, we are going to be fine… as long as I remember to give Molly enough attention on her own and have her join us in our activities (like our morning walks).
If you’re planning on getting a dog pre-babies, I recommend doing a lot of research on the breed. Most dogs just don’t like kids. Also consider how the breed handles children as an adult dog -contrary to what you might think, they don’t usually just chill out, they can get snippy. We are thrilled with our dog and understand she also has a really sweet temperment. Regardless, we are glad we socialized her with babies before we had our own so this adjustment would be easy on her and us.