Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sheepie.. Remember That Guy? Well, He's C's BFF.


Shortly before Carter was born, I felt a twinge of worry thinking about how Sullivan would respond to the new baby. As both a new parent and a dog lover owner {of a dog who is most definitely a beloved part of the family, no less}, I know I shared a common fear, knowing deep down inside that I would be absolutely heartbroken should anything happen to either one of my "babies" should they not be able to coexist peacefully in the home. 





Sure, I read the books. Friends suggested that I swaddle a baby doll and play audio clips of screaming babies so that Sullivan could get used to The Change. Did I rush out and buy a baby doll? No. Did I play YouTube clips of crying babies? Yes. Did Sullivan care? Not one bit. 

So, Carter was born and we brought home "The New Puppy" as we lovingly referred to him when talking to Sullivan. In the beginning, Sullivan was impartial. He'd casually saunter past the baby, attempt a face-lick and keep on moving. He laid at my feet while I nursed C but was never the type to sleep next to the crib or pack and play and never, ever showed any type of paternal, dominating attitude towards the baby. 

When Carter would wake up screaming, Sullivan would immediately come running to either myself or Husband and whimper nonstop until one of us attended to The New Puppy. We like to think it was the "herder" in him.

Fast forward to today. Carter and Sullivan are the best of friends and I can't help but smile and find myself getting really, really excited at the prospect of watching their friendship grow over the years. You  see, I grew up with dogs. There were very few years in my life when we didn't have a dog running around the house. As a matter of fact, I can count on one hand the number of dog-less years I've lived. 

I'm so excited for C to grow up and be able to form that special bond with his pup. The kind of bond that only crazy, mushy dog owners like myself know of.


{don't worry, i promise you he's pre-face lick and not trying to eat C's face}


C and Sheepie spend at least a total of 2 hours a day playing solely with each other. Sheepie runs around the house, stops to nudge/headbutt C so that C will chase him and off they'll go around the house, screaming, laughing and barking. 

C loves to play fetch with Sully and will throw him anything he can get his hands on- from the balls out of his ball pit to his own beloved pacis. One of C's favorite games is to empty Sheepie's toy basket while they play this silly little game of theirs. 

When it's time to move the party to the basement so that Mama can get a little writing done? Sheepie will cry and cry at the gate at the top of the basement stairs and C will whine and whine at the bottom gate until I can't take the whining and crying another second and am forced to let Sheepie down to play. They love each other. They really, really do. 

And the laughs that Sheepie can illicit from Carter? Priceless. Especially when C is crawling on all fours beneath and between Sheepie's legs. I swear, these two are the perfect pair.

Poor Sheepie. I don't quite think he knows what he's gotten himself into with mobile, fearless, daredevil C. But like a good boy should, Sheepie takes the swatting, the "be gentle's," and the incessant "Sheepie-climbing"  all in stride. 





Good boy, Sheepie. Good boy. Happy Tuesday, Loyals!

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23 comments :

  1. They are too cute. I am hoping that when we finally get a puppy it can have a great relationship with future babies!

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  2. I seriously don't think there is anything cuter than babes & their pups. Because Mac? He is no longer ours..he's totally HERS. lol. I was totally worried about bringing a baby home...totally worried--and I'm SO GLAD it worked out.

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  3. I absolutely love it!! There is something soo cute about watching kids and doggies play together! Our toy poodle loves Julianna but is scared to death of Kelsey- lol!

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  4. God bless that dog! He's a good boy! We too were SO worried how Kirby would adjust to Easton. It took a few days but then she got used to him. Now, Easton's bigger than her and chases her around and pesters her, but she too is a good sport. We must be good mommas---to raise such good dogs AND kids! ;)

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  5. They are adorable together. I too always grew up around dogs and Mia has her two puppies and I love the bond they are forming too! Not sure Jefferson is a 100% on board still after almost 2 years, but Lucy is for sure!

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  6. This just makes me super happy. I'm hoping EB has a great relationship with our future (way future) kids.

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  7. That is truly a dream come true and I can only hope my future children are the same with my pups. They are my kids right now and I would hate for the situation to be changed.

    Sheepie and Carter forever!

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  8. That last pic of the two of them is adorable. I love that Sheepie is smiling. Such a cute post. Glad they get along. :)

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  9. That's a great post! I feel so sad when people give their pets away when a baby comes along, I know sometimes there is no other choice but I'm happy it's worked out for Sheepie!

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  10. Haha Sheepie does look like he might be going Mike Tyson on C in that middle picture! So glad they are best of friends. Lola is still not use to the swatting but they do love each other. Glad to have a Sheepie update!

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  11. Aaww...so sweet!!! I'm so glad they have become the best of friends-what a special bond! Those pics are simply adorable too!!

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  12. Oh, that is precious. Take as many pictures of them as you can, and jot down all those priceless memories! I realized too late that I didn't have enough pictures of Wynn with his furry friend Bella ... and now she's gone. :'(
    Hugs from one dog-lover to another!!

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  13. i LOVE this post!! Sheepie and C have the cutest relationship and they make such a handsome pair! Such wonderful pics :)

    S loves dogs as well..i'm somewhat nervous that she will think that all dogs are kind and later in life run up to some angry pitbull?! eek..im weird like that.

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  14. This is so sweet and I really hope for this with our lab and our baby when she gets here!

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  15. Love this! So hope this will be Cruuz and our future babes.

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  16. Such a sweet post! I love that they are such good buddies. I hope our baby and pup get along just like that!

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  17. I grew up with a sheepie and a standard poodle! They were for sure bffs and protectors. Carter is going to love looking back at these photos!

    BTW, you are really going to love your KM bag. I have one and it makes photography even better! :)

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  18. Ohhhh this post makes my heart hurt a bit. We had the neatest huge dog (an American Bulldog) who died two weeks after L was born. I wanted to see L grow up with him as his best friend. I'm glad that your two boys have each other. :)

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  19. I think there should be more posts dedicated to Sheepie!!!! Everytime I see his picture I want one of my own! :o)

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  20. that's amazing! we have not had the same luck with our dogs, unfortunately.

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  21. that last picture is so precious! the look like the best of buds!

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