Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Our first baby is due at the end of May. It's a little boy and my husband and I are thrilled. We are a little bit concerned, however, about our dog, Bella.
Bella was a rescue dog, she is a black lab and a little over a year old. We got her when she was seven months old (last August) and she had been abandoned and ended up on our doorstep. We did everything to find her a home or her owners, but we could find no one. My husband was going to deploy within the next few months so I had been begging for a dog to keep me company.
Bella is just sweet, playful, and very affectionate. I've never seen her show any signs of aggression towards any person or any animal. She loves children (I work as a nanny and she goes with me to work) and is very people oriented. My parents have a dog and two cats and Bella just plays with them all the time when we come to visit them.
Our concern would be that she can be a little bit jealous when she doesn't get attention.
For example, one night my husband and I were watching a movie and we were cuddling together and started kissing. She came over to the couch and got right in between us and started whining and licking and trying to get us to pay attention to her. She was very adamant about us giving her attention. She is that way when I play with the kids I work with or play with my parent's dog. She just butts right in the middle of it all, licking and wanting to play.
I want to make the transition to having a baby in the house smooth for us and him as well as for her.
Any advice on bringing home the baby and introducing him to our dog? Any particular things we could do to help Bella get used to the idea?