Day 214 – The Guardian

Being avid pet owners, we knew the addition of our beautiful boy into the family would not only impact us but our fur babies as well. Some people even said that having baby would change the way we felt about our pets…it hasn’t. We give our four legged babies as much attention as ever and are mindful to make them feel part of the family at all times. We hope that Toby grows up loving animals as much as we both do.One of the most common questions we field as new parents is “What do your dogs think about the baby?”. As we knew they would, they love him. Jake in particular has taken on a role of guardian and protector of Toby. If Toby so much as makes a peep during a nap, Jake will lick his foot or the back of his head to comfort him. Since babies respond so well to touch, it often helps and soothes him back to sleep. We’ve joked that Jake is officially Toby’s first babysitter. Jake also likes to keep watch over him in the big, bad outside world as well. He happily stands guard by the pram for an entire outing. The top pic was taken after a walk to the park. I parked the pram and walked away for a bit to see what Jake would do…he stood right beside it the entire time before finally giving a quick sniff inside and laying down in front…never leaving his side, despite the fact that I was off, pretending to not be watching. The keen instinct in animals never ceases to amaze me, so beautiful.