Natalie and Syrus - July 18th 2010 - 1

Just the other day I was browsing through recent status updates on Facebook when I came across something interesting. A friend, and soon to be father, Dr. Terry Simpson, made an observation about child warnings.

Terry Simpson says:
Funny thing happened to me — I use to laugh at the plastic bags that had the warnings about suffication. Now I think about JJ – and I pay attention. Life changes

It seems strange to look back at the way I used to view things in life. Terry is absolutely right, as parents we see those warnings from a new perspective.

While plastic bags and buckets do present concerns, there was something more pressing in the back of my mind. As time grew closer to bring my daughter home from the hospital, I was worried how a new family member would be perceived by our four-legged family member, Syrus.

The concern I had was not what you may expect. You see, Syrus is an American Pit Bull Terrier. A large segment of the United States population sees this breed in a negative manner. My wife and I, on the other hand, believe in blaming the deed, not the breed.

My major concern was our young pooch becoming a little too rambunctious and banging into our newborn daughter. Syrus is not a large dog in terms of body size, but he is dense. In his relatively small frame our pooch packs in 55lbs. Despite his small form factor, this dog of ours is amazingly strong. He is also a bit of a klutz, which is where my concern came in. My biggest fear was that Syrus would go running through the house, which he does on occasion, and run into Natalie’s swing or bouncy chair.

My wife and I were both amazed by his awareness of our daughter. I don’t mean aware in the sense that he knows she is in the house. I mean he seems to know precisely where she is before he makes any sudden moves. For a dog that doesn’t seem to know his own strength most of the time, he is very gentle when she is close by.

Being home for a few weeks now, it is clear that our family dog has bonded with our daughter. I look forward to both of them getting older and playing out in the yard. With my wife and I having grown up with dogs, it was important to us that our child have that same experience growing up.

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How did your family pet take
the addition of a family member?