Thursday, July 12, 2012

Puppy Love

One of the questions we get most often from family and friends is, "How is Briscoe getting along with Lucas?"

Briscoe is our 7 year old Sheltie. We've had him since he was 6 weeks old, 10 months after we got married. He was my birthday present from Mark, and I've often referred to him as my first child.

Briscoe is an awesome dog. He was wonderful with our niece when she was little, so we were hopeful that he would take well to Lucas. We sent a blanket that smelled like Lucas home from the hospital, like every book and website tells you to do. Then he went to stay with Mark's parents while we were in the hospital. When he came back to our house, he went immediately to Lucas and licked his feet. A proper welcome to the family!

Briscoe loves Lucas! He often sits at my feet while I nurse him and settles in the floor by his change table when he gets his diaper changed. Today he laid down next to the swing while Lucas was swinging.

For the past week or so, when Lucas has woken up at night and I've been nursing him, Briscoe has started whining at the bed. We first thought that he thought since we were up it meant breakfast, so we kept telling him that it wasn't time for breakfast. Then it dawned on us that he didn't think it was morning, he was whining because Lucas was crying and he wanted to check on him! So one early morning, we pulled Briscoe onto the bed, too. After Lucas finished eating, Briscoe went for some cuddles - he laid his head down on Lucas's legs. It was adorable!

So, when asked, we can say with confidence that Briscoe loves his little brother. We know these two will be friends forever.

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