When my sister was born, I was miserable. In fact, she had to stay in the hospital for a few days so when my parents came home without her I claimed a huge victory. When she eventually did arrive, I pushed her bassinet out onto the front porch and shut the front door. True story.
Thus far, Melvin is handling oldest child syndrome much better than I did! I mean sure, he has a general look of disgust on his face, and every time Jake snorts I see the hairs on Melvin’s back twitch. But all in all, Melvin has been a flippen rock star!!! Of course, his new brother is still on the other side of a baby gate so…
Speaking of the gate. How in the world do people live the double life that is necessary to acclimate two dogs into a household. I give Melvin a treat and then go into the mudroom to bond with Jake. I snuggle with Melvin on the couch but can feel Jake burning a hole into my skull watching us. Is this why parents of multiple 2-legged children get nannies?
It took a few
days weeks months for me to love my sister. It was that life changing love that gave me divine purpose. Melvin and Jake may or may not ever feel that for one another, but for now, I’m just happy that we are — so far, so good!
Also, Jake had a vet appointment (for a much-needed bath and ‘butt area grooming’) and the following was said to me: “at first we were surprised how many nipples he had, then we thought perhaps one was a hernia but as it turns out, he just has a really, really pronounced belly button’.
Dogs have belly buttons, this I did not know.