When we first brought Levi home from the hospital, our dog, Briscoe, was wary but curious of the new little creature in the house. He quickly warmed up to the baby, though, and felt comfortable enough around Levi to lick the milk off his face after feedings and join him on the floor during tummy time. I couldn’t wait to see the two of them grow to become the best of buddies.
Sadly, the state of their current relationship is best illustrated in the photo above. Levi is now interested in the dog and eager to interact, but Briscoe wants nothing to do with him. JB and I don’t think the problem is jealousy. A couple of months ago, Levi accidentally grabbed and pulled Briscoe’s fur when they were near each other on the floor, and Briscoe let out a terrible cry. Now the dog keeps a safe distance from the baby. It appears he is partly afraid of Levi and partly over the novelty of having a brother.
It breaks my heart.
However, moments like the one captured in the video below give me hope that Briscoe may once again warm up to the baby and that a bond between my two boys may just be possible after all.
Do you have a dog or a cat? How does your pet react around your baby, toddler or child?