…while it might sound crazy, that is exactly what my husband and I did. Days after that positive pregnancy test, it was off to the Houston SPCA to pick up our four-legged bundle of joy, Amigo.
Sound crazy?? Well, just wait and listen to my logic –
Our first pup Buffy has never been an overly needy pet, but she had been an only child her entire life. Inevitably, she got use to being the center of attention. We weren’t constantly entertaining her by any means, but much of our time was spent playing with, talking too, loving on our sweet girl.
What is the first thing all the articles/books/literature tell you to do when you are trying to prepare your pets for a new baby? Give them less attention. Get them use to not being the center of your world. Let them become more independent. I can tell you right now, folks….this just wasn’t ever going to happen. (And not just for Buffy’s sake either…I got a dog for selfish reasons. I need that canine affection!) So instead of attempting to ween Buffy off play and love….why not find someone else to play and love with her? GENIUS!
Enter Amigo! (Now do you see where we got his name? We adopted him to be Buffy’s friend!)
We hurried to find Buffy’s companion before any drastic baby changes (nursery prep, changes in my schedule, etc) in an attempt to make his adjustment our top priority. (Let me also state here – Pablo and I always knew we would be a multi-dog family. Getting a second dog was something we had been considering for a long time – and was not a rushed decision. Getting a pet – whether your first or your fifth – should NEVER be a decision you rush into or take lightly.) Now, with our Baby Boy’s arrival almost exactly a month away, nothing makes me happier to see Buffy & Amigo off in their own little world. Open the blinds – and they will sit side by side watching the neighborhood. Let them out in the backyard – they will bark at birds or play chase until they drop. Always interested in the same toy (typical siblings!) – they won’t fight over it, but instead will watch the other chew on it…and then switch. I find such comfort in knowing that if I’m off taking care of Baby Boy in the other room…Buffy will not feel abandoned or neglected.
While Buffy has never been the kind of pup to get jealous (I think a lot of this has to do with me taking her to work with me. She sees me loving on and playing with other dogs all the time, and never becomes possessive), I think Amigo has also helped her adjust to my husband and I being affectionate towards another living thing. She has seen that we can introduce a new child to the house…and our love for her will not diminish. She will still get tummy rubs and treats – she just doesn’t get ALL the tummy rubs and treats!
As I constantly mention in this blog and to my clients – Buffy is so go-with-the-flow, I’m not sure why I ever worried about her adjusting in the first place.
Now I just have to worry about how to prepare myself for the change!