This Valentine’s Day, my husband and I decided that instead of spending our evening waiting for seating at a popular New Orleans restaurant, we would enjoy a romantic Italian feast at home. We decided to spend the night cooking and enjoying each other’s company. It was definitely time well spent!
However, throughout the night we kept getting interrupted by our pestering, spoiled pooches, Dixon and Diesel. They kept vying for our attention, curling up on our legs for us to pet them, jumping into our laps to lick our faces, and whining for one of us to play Fetch with them.
While this isn’t anything new, it is increasingly becoming a great concern and a romance spoiler. I feel as if the pooches are taking over! They insist that we pet them, commandeer treats, and hijack the food from our plates. I can’t help but wonder, “What will happen once Taylor Miriam arrives?” I can see her now, crying because the dogs took her toy away, throwing her food over to feed the dogs for entertainment, and wailing because a hasty hound knocked her over.
I don’t even blame our dogs for the way they are acting. I’m the guilty party. For over six years, I have given my pets everything they wanted. I have bought them countless toys and treats, showered them with kisses, and rubbed their tummies cooing, “Good doggie.”
Am I going to be able to still give them attention, while making my child my top priority? Will they be extremely jealous of Taylor and make their disdain for her known? This is a deep concern for both my husband and me.
What can we do to prepare our dogs for the baby? Any suggestions? I am in desperate need of advice.