A young lady has a dog. She has had him since his birth. He is very attached to her and misses her terribly whenever she leaves the house. Even if it is only for a few minutes. The minute she steps in, he gives her an exuberant welcome. He is unashamedly happy to see her. He keeps walking around her and following her around the house.
He is becoming old now. And his mistress has given birth to a boy. He is a little upset, and everyone cautioned her to keep the dog away from the baby. Even her gynaecologist was aghast on hearing there is a dog inside the house. She strictly told this young woman to keep the dog and child away from each other.
During her pregnancy, she would constantly tell her dog there is a baby inside her and he is part of her family. He even sniffed her stomach one day, and from then on kept clear of her stomach. She would carry him, but he was careful not to wriggle around too much. And when she could no longer carry him to pet him, I do not know who was more upset, she or the dog!
He is a full grown male Lhasa Apso, but he is small build compared to a German Sheppard. So it is easy to carry him. When she got admitted for her delivery, he missed her terribly, and she was fretting about him. Soon she was discharged and came home with the baby. He was so happy to see her, he was beside himself. And surprisingly her child slept through his welcoming bark. It was surprising to notice this.
He wanted to be lifted, so she settled down on the sofa and kept a pillow on her lap. He jumped up and there was a happy reunion. Later she settled down with the kid on the bed. He was curious and wanted to see the infant. She asked him to leave the room, he did. During one feeding time, he jumped on the bed. She had the baby in her lap, she did not stir. She told her mother, it was ok, he wouldn’t do anything. And he did not.
He came up to the head of the baby and just gave a tiny lick. There after he settled down near the baby and watched him feed. He has been the infant’s protector ever since. He is happy when other family members visit, provided they pet him first. Then they can pet the child, but when they leave, he checks to see the baby is left behind. He runs up to the crib and stands on his hind legs, trying to peer into to the crib. He wants to know if the baby is there.
He jumps on the bed even when the baby is on it. But he keeps his distance. He is curious about the wriggling creature. He watches faithfully when the kid is given a bath. The kid squeals, and he gets restless. Whoever carries the kid, he follows them around.
People always advise her about not trusting an animal, or even some infection being passed on. She does not believe in that. She is confident about her dog, she calls him her first son. The dog is clean, vaccinated and kept groomed. She has always maintained that her child would first say bow before he said ma or pa!
It is a treat to watch this dog. He appears more human than a human being. And he can be protectively ferocious.