All posts tagged: dogs

10 Reasons Your Dog Hates You After You Have a Baby

Remember all those nights spent spooning in bed? The days romping around the park? And moments of pure bliss, like when you came home from work and ran into each other’s embrace? Your dog does. But now that your firstborn baby has arrived, your canine feels like it’s been demoted from fur-child to the ugly step child in a not so fairy tale. You had a baby and now your dog hates you. Here’s why your dog is suffering from post-partum depression: Walks become few and far between. The dog’s leash now hangs in the closet while you stumble around your house like a zombie and use any spare moment to catch up on sleep. Bedtime isn’t as comfortable. You kicked your dog off the bed. Long gone are the nights of cuddling with a furry butt in your face. Now, your dog has been demoted to–the nerve of you–a pet bed, with no blanket. Meanwhile, your baby is next to you, because that’s the only place the little one will sleep. Leftover food is …

When Your Dog is Jealous of Your Baby

My dog hates my baby. OK, hate is a pretty strong word. But our plot hound, Lulu, definitely isn’t trilled with this tiny new person taking up all her mom and dad’s attention. During my pregnancy, I worried about how our dogs would react to a new baby. I expected our female dog, Lulu—who was basically used as a breeding machine before we rescued her—to be nurturing with our new addition. I figured our boy dog, Lucky—the resident hunter of small animals—wouldn’t look twice at her once he realized she wasn’t game. I also worried about hurting their feelings. I didn’t want the dogs to feel neglected or unloved just because we welcomed a new, amazing family member. But it happened.  Playtime: Lucky and Baby G. It turns out that Lucky is obsessed with Genevieve and has basically taken on the role of her guardian. He is always in the same room with her. In fact;  whenever he comes in from outside, the first thing he does is run from room to room until he …

Kitchen Chaos

Ever since we started feeding Genevieve chicken, our dogs have been circling her highchair like sharks. Her daddy is away on business, so I wanted to capture this moment for him last night. Baby G was in her highchair, with chicken and carrots in front of her. The dogs were next to her. Lulu, our plott hound (aka “pig hound,” because she eats everything!) actually jumped up on her highchair at one point, so that’s something we need to work on! Now that the scene is set, picture this: Sharks and baby. Mess in progress. I’m taking a picture with my cell phone. Genevieive decides to grab the carrots and fling the container backwards, leaving a mess all over her high chair and on the floor. As I run to get paper towels, Lulu jumps on the counter trying to eat the open chicken jar. When I got back to G, I hoped the dogs would lick up the carrots so I’d get a head start on cleaning the floor, but that didn’t happen. The lessons I …