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My Baby's Keeper

Marley in protective mode.

When we brought our little Fern home from the birthing center, one of the things we were most excited about was introducing her to our dog Marley.

We laid Fern down on the couch and had Marley come over so she could give her a good once over with her sniffer.  But, after that initial introduction, Marley didn’t show much interest in Fern.  She didn’t seem jealous or anything and she was never mean or rough with Fern, just mostly indifferent.  In Marley’s eyes any person unwilling or unable to throw her ball isn’t worth much of a time investment.

But, recently as Fern is spending more and more time on the floor having tummy time at Marley’s level, her feelings seem to have changed.

Read more after the jump! 

The main photo for this post was from bath time this week.  It was the first time that Marley had seen us give Fern a bath and she was incredibly concerned about it.  It was almost like she thought I was maybe trying to drown her or something, but whatever the case, she barked at me and whined and paced back and forth in the bathroom during the entire bath!

Another similar situation was when we went camping with a group of people recently and it was the first time that there had been other dogs around Fern when Marley was around.  As is the usual with situations with large groups and a baby, she was passed around throughout our time there and anytime she would be in someone else’s arms Marley would go walk right by them.  And if there were any other dogs around Fern she would be on high alert.

It’s sweet to see her with “her baby”.  Unfortunately Marley never had babies of her own, but I guess she just saved up all that motherly instinct for Fern.  I can’t wait for Fern to get bigger and have wonderful adventures with Marley!

If you have pets, how have they responded to your little one(s)?


Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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