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The pack adjusts

Several people have asked us how the dogs are taking to Griffin. We have been very fortunate because, other than being pretty curious about him, they have been surprisingly calm and gentle when he is near them. I wouldn’t leave Griffin on the floor with the dogs and walk away, but I do know that when he is doing tummy time, Guinness isn’t going to try and take a chunk out of him.

Guinness has been a little more naughty than usual–getting into the trash when he never has before, eating before he is given the “okay” and then wolfing down Bailey’s food to boot–but I definitely do not think he would ever do Griffin any harm. He is actually the first one that goes running into the room when Griffin starts to wail. His look of concern is really very adorable.

If anything, they’ve gotten a little more protective. If they sense anything amiss one of them (usually Guinness) will start barking and the other (usually Bailey) will come sit in front of me. If the baby is in the bassinet in the bedroom, at least one of the dogs is in there with him. When I’m feeding Griffin, Guiness loves to curl up on my feet and Bailey is never too far away.

I’ve felt like I’ve been neglecting them. I haven’t gone on as many walks with them because I didn’t think I could handle the two of them and the stroller at the same time. I think walks are back on now. The other day I loaded Griffin into the Baby Bjorn (it was the first time I put him in it when he wasn’t screaming so he did fine), leased up the dogs, and headed out. They were both REALLY good! Even Guinness, my big tugger and lunger! We just took a very brief stroll but now I feel more confident about taking them out with us so we’ll have even more bonding time with the four of us.

So, the dogs are getting along very well with their baby brother. I bet they can’t wait until he’s older and starts pulling on all their pullable parts. =)

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A new woof woof

Well, it’s really last year’s news but I thought I’d include it here anyway since it happened so close to the start of 2008.

Last year, we thought it was time for Bailey (our bassolab) to have a canine friend so, on a rainy December day, Scott, Bailey and I trooped down to Operation Kindness to see if we could find a new member for our family. Since we got Bailey from there four years before we were hoping we had would have the same success. We met a few dogs but we just weren’t feeling it with any of them like we did with Bailey. (With Bailey it was instant adoration but that’s another, older story.) So, we decided to think about it and come back the next day.

We returned the next day, this time with our friend, Greg. We were wandering around and, just as were about to ask if we could play with a puppy we had seen the day before, another puppy caught my eye. He stretched out when he saw me and tried to climb up the side of the cage. He was such a goofball we just had to meet him. It was instant love! He was all over us and, since Bailey didn’t seem to hate him, we decided to take him home.

That’s how we got our Guinness.

One of Guinness's first pictures at the house.

One of Guinness's first pictures at the house.

He is a wonderful addition to our family! We think he is a pit bull/lab mix. He’s definitely got the lab playfulness and the pit bull stubborness and obsessiveness. He is somehow a big barker and scaredy cat at the same time. Between the 2 dogs, he’s often the one who follows me from room to room. When I got to the bathroom, he’s usually waiting right outside the door. He’s been a handful, but we love him! We’re looking forward to many years with both our big puppies!

Bailey and Guinness

Bailey and Guinness