AD: This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own.
I realised that since Eleanor arrived, I haven’t really done a huge amount to update on how life is with our existing furry family. Having added a small human into the existing mix of two dogs (plus the two rabbits of course) has been wonderful but also had its challenges. So I wanted to take a moment to update you and tell you a little more about where we’re at as a family, pets/baby and all… an update on my original ‘babies’ if you will… Sharing my own update on our Pethood stories and life with baby and dogs…
For those that don’t know, I have my daughter Eleanor who has just turned one. Plus we have two sausage dogs. Monty, who is five is a long haired dachshund who we have had since she was a puppy. We got her via a Kennel Club breeder in 2014 and ever since she has been adding an extra level of doggy diva and face licks into our life. Then we have Willow, Willow is a short haired dachshund who joined the family July 2016. Willow is a rescue pup who we got via the amazing Dogs Trust. I can honestly say the serendipity of Willow joining our family is easily one of the best things that has ever happened to me. So Monty and Willow are our two original babies… according to the Petplan Pet Census 2018 44% of pet owners refer to their pets as their babies… so I’m not alone in this!
You might assume that having two dogs of the same breed might mean similar traits. However, Willow and Monty could not be more different in personality and temperament. They have some similar quirks, both love attention but they seek it in very different ways. Monty will bark, wag, roll over, climb on you and lick your face… Willow will sit at your feet, stand between your legs in the kitchen or wait on the bathroom matt whilst you shower… Food wise, Monty will snatch a treat out of your hand & swallow it like she’s not been fed for a week (clearly, that is never the case…) where Willow will tentatively take it and then trot off and nibble it in peace.
But how have things been with Eleanor in the mix with two dogs? Well, for one they have both been brilliant with her. But it’s not been without it’s challenges for sure. From the simple, taking them out for a walk whilst juggling a baby. Just getting two dogs, one adult and a baby all set to leave the house can take well over half an hour easily. To the less routine of vets appointments and making sure you keep up to date with the dogs regular medication (worm tablets, flea drops etc…) when your brain is already pretty full with baby stuff and not always functioning at top ability on less sleep.
Luckily, we haven’t had any emergencies though poor little Willow does appear to have allergies. Something we’re currently testing for and will actually be the first time we’ve had to use the insurance we’ve had since we had them. Ever since Monty came home we’ve always had a policy with Petplan Pet Insurance (they happen to be the one our vets also recommend so a good bet for solid coverage across conditions).
I mentioned the dogs are both brilliant with Eleanor and they are. Monty is VERY enthusiastic to see her every day. Especially around meal times where she often wants to linger at the bottom of the high chair for any morsels Ella might drop… (something Eleanor has quickly cottoned on to and drops things for Monty, much to both of their amusement…) Willow on the other hand steers well clear! She’s always been a bit on the nervous side so we try and go easy on her when Eleanor is getting a bit too intense. However the latest development being that Ella actually wants to play with Willow and was trying to throw one of Willow’s toys for her. Her throwing skills need some work, but it’s pretty adorable to watch.
There have been jealous moments, especially from Monty. Where she will not be getting all the attention she wants so tries to get herself some attention by grabbing Ella’s toys when she knows full well she isn’t meant to. When Ollie gets home from work, Monty makes sure she’s front an centre in the attention stakes.
Watching my little family together always fills me with the warm and fuzzies. I can’t wait to watch them become better friends over time. I have no doubt Monty will somehow get Eleanor to find the snacks for her and Willow will have a great time when Eleanor can really play with her (and she learns not to just grab her collar). They’re all very sweet together and it’s lovely to see my furry babies and my actual baby playing alongside each other.
This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own.