Canine grande and homo sapiens pequeña.
August 12, 2009

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked has nothing to do with THE BABY and everything to do with Hank.  People want to know how our dog is dealing with the emotional crisis that comes along with us having brought a child into his home.

I am pleased to report that Hank is doing well.

To be honest, neither Donald nor I really worried about introducing Hank and Charlotte.  We figured our daughter was too young to care and the dog?  Well.  The pup was going to have to suck it up; if he turned up with three or four fewer belly rubs in a day, it probably would not kill him.

Luckily, Hank acclimated to our tough love philosophy very quickly.  In fact, Charlotte is probably the best thing to ever happen to us in terms of dog training.  That dog hasn’t jumped up on me since we brought Charlotte home from the hospital.  We call it his sixth sense: he knows that if his front paws leave the ground, the mother bear might have to slaughter him.

Or take him to the ocean.  I’M NOT PICKY WITH MY TORTURE.

For awhile, we thought that Hank just didn’t give two shits about Charlotte.  He knew not to jostle whoever was holding her, but he had no interest in sniffing her blankets or seeing WHAT we were holding or anything like that.  Then, a couple days ago, Donald was holding her while he fed Hank.  When he bent down to put the dog dish on the floor, Hank was at eye level with our daughter.

I kid you not, Hank took one look at Charlotte and began to wag his tail.  That dog, all 95 hungry pounds of him, could have cared less about the food.

I think that Hank’s acceptance of the baby has probably been aided in part by the fact that his routine has remained more or less intact.  We have been taking him on his daily walks since the afternoon we returned from the hospital, for example.  As it turns out, a little walk goes a long way.

So that’s how Hank is doing.  He thanks you for asking.


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  1. By Jes on August 12, 2009

    I’m so happy to hear that Hank is doing well and that he loves the baby. I wouldn’t expect anything less from him.

    Shelby will be getting a sibling soon. A yellow lab. I don’t she will be quite as accepting as Hank.

  2. By Vicky on August 12, 2009

    When we brought C home our boxer was so excited.  Couldn’t figure out what he was. He slept in his room, and the first time he cried the dog kind of freaked, ran from his room to the living room to find me.  It was cute.  I have a picture of C at 3 weeks and the boxer staring at each other 2 inches away.  It’s one of my favorite pics.

  3. By erin on August 12, 2009

    Woody is SO uninterested in Hannah.  He looks at us like, It’s still here?  And it’s making noise.  Haven’t you had enough yet?  When will it leave?  NEVER, cat, sorry.

    My mom has this hyperactive lobotomized miniature poodle that has been Hannah’s first introduction to a dog.  All Maddy wants to do is play with her and give her lots of kisses now that we are down here, and bark when Hannah cries.  At first Hannah’s eyes got as huge as saucers and she could not lean far enough away from That Noisy Wiggly Thing, but now she giggles and squinches her eyes when Maddy licks her.

  4. By Alias Mother on August 12, 2009

    Our dog was immediately fond of the Buddha and never gave us a moment’s worry over the introduction.  In fact, the Alias Father did the whole “bring a blanket home from the hospital for sniffage” trick and our dog instantly rolled over into the submissive position as soon as it came out.  So…yeah.  Sometimes the transition is that smooth.

  5. By Lauren on August 12, 2009

    I’m glad they get along! JuJu and I don’t have any pets so we didn’t have to worry about it.  We aren’t really pet people anyway. Although I never thought I was a baby person and apparently I was wrong. :-)

  6. By Jasmine on August 12, 2009

    Our dog, Noelle, decided right away she was Isaiah’s mom… it was cute.

  7. By Motherofbun on August 12, 2009

    I always thought Abbey didn’t really like our son. But then I realized how overprotective she was when people would come to the door or we’d be out for a walkie. She even admonishes him when he runs through the house or gets too loud. Too funny. She’s a strict mom to her little pup.

  8. By repliderium.com on August 12, 2009

    Yes- A little walk goes a long way. I’m glad that the fam is going well!

  9. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on August 12, 2009

    I’m so glad to hear that.  I really believe that pets, especially dogs, do have a sixth sense about kids.  I watch Oscar around my friend’s little toddlers and he’s so gentle, even with they grab a fist full of fur and pull.  I’m glad that Hank seems just as calm.

  10. By Stephanie on August 12, 2009

    Oh that’s such great news! I have a wonderful 75 pounds female German Shepherd who’s been in training since she was 10 weeks old. She’s now almost two. She’s VERY well behaved and is superb around the kids that we have had over. We’re hoping for the same type of scenerio when we bring home our little man. She’ll be a great big sister. She’s already got that sixth sense going.. she’ll crawl up in my husband’s chair to lay with him but she’ll only lay her head in my lap, in fear that she may hurt me, I think. She also doesn’t get as roudy around me during playtime as she does dad and as she did before. She’s very gentle, keeping all 4 on the ground and got the whole body wiggling all over. She’s a wonderful girl and we can’t wait for her to enjoy her brother.

  11. By Spruce Hill on August 12, 2009

    Very cute, so glad Hank is adjusting well too!

  12. By Dianna on August 13, 2009

    Yay for Hank!

  13. By violetismycolor on August 13, 2009

    Our dog is afraid of ‘little people’...they tend to make loud noises or chase her.  Glad things are going well with your dog.


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