Can our house be quite for more than 5 minutes?
Yes, it can, when nobody is in. Perhaps at night as well, when everybody is asleep, actually no, not really. I snore, badly and our dog too.
Would you like to be our neighbour?
Dad is reading some football news. I am editing photos, Hugo is playing with his cars, Lola lying next to him dosing off. Suddenly Hugo and Lola are running wild circles around the sitting room. Lola jumps on the sofa then off again, Hugo starts chasing her. Next thing I hear is: ‘you, silly cow, give me my car back!’…
Here we go again. After few minutes of the wild chase, she waits for him to catch her and on the command ‘Lola, give it back!’ she spits the car into his demanding hand. I bet the walls are shaking from all that noise. However it is happy noise.
She is not just a dog
Lola has a special place in our family and has a different relationship with each of us. I train her and teach her all the tricks.
Daddy is her love. She licks his face spotless and then ‘dries’ it off with her neck. As you can imagine, her hair sticks to his wet face so he looks like a Labrador himself. That’s revolting, but what can I do.
But who is her favourite? Of course our now 5-year-old son. She adores him. But before they become friends, they had to learn to respect each other first.
Before we had Lola, Hugo was scared of animals. We went to farms, met a lot of dogs or cats. Nevertheless, he would not come near them. I though we will never get a dog I longed for. Nope, it wasn’t the case where the child was begging parents to get them a dog, it was me. My hearth was set on Labrador retriever for many years, but there was always reason why we could not have one.
Work needs to be done first
I set on a mission. I read to Hugo a lot of stories about animals, showed him countless videos of dogs doing silly things and slowly introduced him to friendly doggies, we met on our walks.
I had to teach Hugo all the rules. How to behave, what not to do, how to play a tree, when she came racing towards him and at the same time I had to teach Lola to stop jumping at him. Those first months were all about patience, never leaving them alone together.
When you decide to have a dog while having small children, you have the responsibility to both of them. It is not just about tricks and treats. By training the dog you create everlasting relationship. She loves spending time with us and even though it is me who train her, she does obey Hugo as well and that is important.
Benefits of having a four-legged friend
Since we have Lola, Hugo is not scared of animals. He loves them all and even started horse riding lessons. She takes us out for walk everyday, lets us know when we spend too much time on PC and is always keeping the floor clean under the dinning table.
Are your children growing up with pets? Get it touch, I want your story.