Who’s your Nanny?

 

 

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.Image

All my life I have been surrounded by dogs. Small, medium, too big to call it a dog, aggressive, kind, playful and many others…Because my grandfather was a vet it gave me the possibility to understand dogs better.

Saya (the Staffy) is 3 and she is the most amazing creature on this planet. When I was pregnant she already knew before me. She sniffed my belly constantly and slept with her head on my belly every time she had a chance. I was only 3 weeks pregnant. She was going to be the true best friend for my baby.

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When we came back from the hospital Saya was so curious she cried all night so that we let her in the bedroom to see what that little fairy in my hand was. In the first 2-3 months Saya was not aloud in our bedroom where the baby was, we felt she should know boundaries. My daughter is 6 months and 2 weeks and still, Saya knows, the bedroom is my daughter’s territory. Usually when we go out I take my dogs with me and Saya is the only one standing so close to the pushchair, no one feels safe to come closer….I like that. I do not have to tell people that my daughter in the pushchair is not a toy.

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Experts recommend that you prepare the family dog before the baby arrives. It is a very hectic time and a time of many changes when a baby arrives. In order to minimize stress for the dog and reduce the chance of an accident you can make many changes and preparations ahead of time so that the transition is easier for you and the dog.

I don’t have fingers to count how many times people told me to avoid dogs when I was pregnant…I still don’t understand. They told me “It is not good for the baby”. Saya is clean and vaccinated every 3 months anti parasites. Although I always use anti worm tablets we still go to the vet for a routine checkup. So, my dog is clean and healthy…why shouldn’t I let my daughter play with her? Reporting in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say that babies who grow up in homes with a pet — namely a dog or a cat — are less likely to get sick than children who live pet-free. The results bolster the notion that keeping infants’ environments overly sanitized isn’t good for their health. Previous research has linked the presence of pets with a lower risk of allergies among babies. At first I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, seeing my newborn baby being so fragile…But How can a person’s immune system be expected to build if they’re kept away from all the  potential allergens out there?

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These are my dogs and they are our source of positive energy. Not only I have 2 nannies for my daughter but I have all the joy and happiness in the world and my house is always full of love.

For dogs who haven’t spent much time with them, babies can seem like pretty bizarre—and even frightening—creatures. They make loud, screeching noises, they smell different, they definitely don’t look like grown-up humans, and they move in strange ways.

Make sure you never leave your baby alone with the dog on the first few months no matter how much you trust your pet. Remember, you want your pet to view associating with the baby as a positive experience. To prevent anxiety or injury, never force your pet to get near the baby, and always supervise any interaction. 

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