Thursday, 8 February 2018

Dog Vs Baby: A Story Of Jealousy & Love


My little Japanese Chin Nobunaga has been our baby ever since we rescued him almost 2 years ago and having an actual human baby infiltrate his home has been challenging yet entertaining to say the least! Our pooch is the sweetest, weirdest, cuddliest little derp and doesn't have a mean bone in his body. The only time I've ever seen him get aggressive is with our neighbour's dog Spikey and that's only because they are both boys and Nobu has small dog syndrome so has to show Spikey whose boss. Despite this, he is a very shy little fella when around new people and can get quite scared and yappy so we were curious how he was going to handle having a new family member added to the mix - but he's done quite well so far, especially considering he was at home when the birth went down so he experienced the whole stressful ordeal. 


The first few weeks he wasn't too sure what was going on or who this imposter was that was now taking up all of his parent's time so he spent a lot of his time avoiding all contact with him and only cuddling up to me or Dane when the baby was asleep. But it wasn't long before he came to realise that Cass wasn't a threat and we have enough love in our hearts for both of them. Before we knew it, Nobu was actively approaching Cass during feeds and snuggling up to him as if he was one of us - it was such a lovely moment to watch, especially for a dog that doesn't really like children in general. He tends to cower and run from kids when we're out for walks and it's taken a fair while for him to get used to the children in our family, bless his little heart. 

Skipping ahead a few months and they're very quickly becoming best friends. The patience on this dog is unbelievable, I'm very impressed. Cass is always 'stroking' him and accidentally pulling on his ears and fur yet Nobu remains cool and collected and will literally just budge out of his reach instead of growling at him or nipping him, he's good like that. They love to sit next to each other and Cass is always fascinated by his big brother; following him around the room with his eyes and giggling whenever Nobu does his infamous chin spin in the living room. It's so damn cute! They also have this weird little kissy thing where Cass will position his head in a certain way so that Nobu can lick his ears and groom him, it really pulls on my heart strings. We don't let it happen regularly for obvious reasons, but every now and then we allow Nobu to show his love for his brother and it's really sweet.


It's only recently that we've begun to notice Nobu's jealousy arise. He's become very needy with us, particularly with Dane when he gets back from work - he won't leave him alone and hounds him until he gets enough hugs to satisfy him, as if I ignore him all day, the cheeky little bugger! He's also coming into the habit of barking and trying to play with us whenever Cass is having tummy time so he doesn't feel left out which is cute but annoying at the same time, haha. His jealousy isn't causing any problems at the moment, if anything it's actually quite a nice change for Nobu to crave our attention as before we had our son, he was quite a solitary pooch and only came to us for snuggles and love for 10 minutes and would then continue with his day. Now I can't even sit down for a cup of tea without him coming over and sitting on my lap, not that I'm complaining, I do love a good cuddle. He's also become quite cheeky lately and if we lay Cass down on the sofa and he starts to kick around, Nobu will have a little play with his foot, as you can see on Nobu's instagram if you check it out.
NobuTheChin

It's so easy to forget about your dog when you have a newborn baby as all your attention goes into keeping this little human alive and when you aren't with them, you're napping or doing chores around the house whilst you have the chance. But it's so incredibly important to ensure you put time aside each day to continue to show your beloved pooch that you haven't forgotten about them and they're still just as much a part of the family as the baby. I've never believed in getting rid of a pet when you have a baby and I would never dream of getting rid of Nobu so we're both doing our best throughout this crazy journey and although we may not have quite as much time for him as we used too before we became parents, we still make an effort to treat him whenever we can and he is still just as spoilt really, just in different ways. He's such an integral part of the family and can be a great anchor when the days get hard and you're feeling a bit down. Dogs definitely pick up on your moods and Nobu is no exception, providing us with those much needed snuggles and company when we need it the most. ♥♥♥

Do you have any pets that have changed since you've had a baby? Any advice on how to handle jealous pets? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Such a lovely post! Nobu is such a cutie! We have a cat, well at my Mums but we’re over there all the time. We’ve had her for about 10 years now since she was a kitten and she has surprisingly taken to Little A well. Now that Little A is quite mobile she’s always trying to pounce on the cat whereas the cat just wants to sit and peacefully watch her!

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    1. Haha aww that's so sweet, Little A is the cutest :) It's much more impressive when cats take to babies as they're a bit more solitary than dogs, bless them!

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