Dad’s best friend has always been Dog. Faithful companions for Life, through tough times and good. What happens when a little someone comes along to interfere with that relationship?
Growing up our family had dogs. While not the most well behaved dogs they were still part of the family and helped create many cherished memories. Mrs Down Under also grew up with a faithful companion so we knew early on that a dog would be part of our lives together.
Meet our beloved Eddie, a Large (50kgs) Black Labrador who will be as settled or as active as you want him to be. Eddie was around for over 4 years before our young one came along so you can imagine he was pretty set in his ways.
All of a sudden his life was turned upside down. Along came this blob that mum and dad were paying all their attention to. He took it like a champ, avoiding it at all costs for awhile. Yet becoming a lot more defensive of our house at the same time.
It was important at this stage to ensure Eddie remained part of the family and wasn’t excluded. We took him along to family outings where possible, and spent time with him when the child was asleep. This allowed our family to grow together.
Fast forward 9 months and the two followed each other around everywhere. At that stage our child was very curious about this giant hair black animal. Eddie just loved the extra attention.
These days our toddler does most of the chasing and there are some days Eddie looks like he has had enough, but still puts up with him. True sibling love right there.