“Two is what we used to be
Me for you and you for me
You were all that I could see
Baby makes three” *
When this song was written I’m quite sure the “you” being sung about was not the family dog. Yeah, definitely not. But as dogs have gained stature in family structures over the decades it certainly makes sense now. And for those of you who had a beloved pup before babies entered the picture, here’s a great book for you – Tell your dog you’re pregnant : an essential guide for dog owners who are expecting a baby, by Lewis Kirkham.
I have to admit I had opinions about this book when I first read the title. Thoughts like “Okay, now I have heard everything!” and “Seriously, did this book need to be written?” Now granted, I’m not a dog owner, nor am I pregnant. But curiosity got the best of me, and after looking inside I thought, “This book is brilliant!” The author is able to explain “bad” dog behavior from the logic of the dog, and suddenly it all makes sense:
The couch is where you used to snuggle with your pup – but is now the sole domain of your baby and you.
The house is now a whole new world of high-pitched sounds – coming from a small creature that doesn’t hand out dog biscuits or provide scratches behind the ears.
New parents DO give off distress energy when dealing with a crying baby – and have little or no time to attend to the distress this causes their pooch.
Exercise routines go out the window – and no time for walkies causes a dog to get all hyper.
Beds are for babies now too – how unfair is that?
Baby toys DO often resemble dog toys – anyone could make that mistake!
This is a serious, but light-hearted book about understanding and correcting dog behavior, so that everyone can live happily ever after. — Erin
*My Blue Heaven, by Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting