Soon enough the baby started to move, and developed a very, very keen interest in this black dog whose tail points straight up and waves like a flag begging to be grabbed and pulled. The dog still wasn't interested, until he realised that the baby was a goldmine of manna thrown from heaven (otherwise known as a highchair), and he was bought off, and now they have teamed up against me.
My day in the morning usually sounds like this:
Me: "Ezra, be gentle. Angus NO. Ezra NO, Angus get back here, Ezra let go of his tail, Angus drop it, Ezra no that is gross, it was just in the dogs mouth, Ezra be careful, Ezra don't give that to Angus, Angus NO that isn't yours, Ezra NO, let go of his tail, Angus settle down, Ezra NO that is Angus's food, Ezra No don't give that to Angus. Angus, do you want to go outside?
Sit down. Breathe.
These two are double trouble when they join forces of destruction. Angus is generally a pretty easy going dog. Except when we go on walks, then he acts like he has some crazy desperate mission of sniffing every blade of long grass he possibly can. When the people in the house are calm and relaxed the dog is calm and relaxed.
Never calm and relaxed, always running around doing his best to hype up the dog.
They feed off of each others energy, and before I know it they are both running around the house like crazy, often the toddler being dragged around, refusing to let go of the dogs tail. They watch each other, one grabs something to play with, the other has to have it. Good thing Angus is a gentle beast, who carefully steals food and toys from the child. They love all the same things. Angus pretends he is annoyed with Ezra, and yet, he doesn't leave, he keeps coming back. They play this game all day. Ezra cannot help himself, he has to torment Angus. He holds on to his tail and doesn't let go for anything. He tackles him whenever Angus is lying down relaxing. He pulls his legs out from underneath him as he walks by.
But, when Ezra is crying, Angus is there. He comes and finds me, he is worried about his friend. The neighbours say Angus is way more protective now than ever before. They have an older brother, little brother type of relationship, and it is really sweet (yet somewhat annoying for me). I remember what it was like having a dog as a child, and the bond you form with them is really one of the most special things in life. It is really amazing to witness it develop between these two.
What is life like in your house? Do animals and kids combine to wreak havoc on the adults?
In case you are wondering, Angus is a Shar-Pei, with a facelift to prove it!Karen xx