So I guess you could say that Izzy has reacted the way any “first child” does when the new baby comes home: insanely jealous. Don’t be fooled by that picture. Adorable as it is, it's a product of luck and jerky bites.
Back when I was still pregnant, people would ask if we were going to get rid of our dog when the baby came. I was always shocked when I got the question, but now that I’ve been in the trenches for a while, I understand it. Dog ownership, like everything else in your world, changes when you become a parent. No question about it. There’s only so much of your time and energy to go around, and if you care at all about your dog, a constant cloud of guilt about neglecting your beloved animal will hover over you. But don’t worry. We’re definitely not getting rid of our sweet greyhound. In fact, she’ll be getting a yard of her own when we move into a house next month, and hopefully, another greyhound friend will join the family soon to keep her company. We’re hoping these changes will take the edge off of her jealousy and boredom while we all get adjusted to this new life. In the meantime, when we’re not cleaning bottles, washing burp rags, or bouncing our baby to sleep (yes, she has to be bounced to sleep on an exercise ball, but that’s a whole different blog), we try to give our attention-starved dog a little love each night with a game of hide-and-seek or a belly rubbing session.
I’m still not giving up on the vision of our daughter and Izzy becoming buds one day, running around the yard and getting into all sorts of human-canine trouble. And who knows? Maybe eventually, I’ll be able to take a picture of the two of them together, no treats necessary.