There are two members of our family that are often neglected here on the blog – Trigger and Bailey. In fact, I am not sure I have ever really written about them which makes me feel like a pretty terrible fur-mom. They were our first babies and are a vital part of our everyday lives. And it’s time I introduced them to you.
Trigger is our juggle and he is 7 years old. Chris and I got him when we were dating in college and our co-parenting was the first real indicator that our relationship was going places. Trigger loves to cuddle …. so much so that I call him my “snuggle juggle”. He holds a very special place in my heart for many reasons. First, he is the first dog I have ever had. Second, he has been there for me during some of the hardest moments. Times like the 15 months Chris and I spent apart during our engagement and the year Chris spent in Afghanistan. Trigger likes to sleep curled in my legs or in my arms at night like a baby. I can always count on him to be there when I am having a bad day and can make me feel better.
Bailey is our German Shepherd and she turns 6 in March. She also holds a special place in our hearts because we got her right after we got married. When we went to the breeder we had the choice between two pups – we chose Bailey because she seemed to the calmer of the two. Little did we know 😉 She taught us really quickly how smart she is when she climbed the baby gate we had to keep her out of the bedrooms like a ladder. She still acts like a puppy and is unconditionally loyal. I feel safe with Bailey because I know she would allow no harm to come to her pack.
When Chris and I went to have human children we talked a lot about what it would mean for the dogs. How would they feel? How would they act? I know my mom had a lot of anxiety about Bailey because she was so big. However, the second we brought Emmalyne home our fears were erased. Our family blended perfectly and the dogs feel like our girls are theirs.
There isn’t much like the love of a dog for their family. You can see it in your life but that love is also captured in movies. As a fur mom there are ones that just get me in the heart. Movies like Homeward Bound, Milo and Otis, The Fox and the Hound and Marley and Me. Sigh. I can’t wait to share those with Emmie and Bryn as they get older so they can see that the love they have for their dogs is reciprocated in how much they love them.
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Do you have four-legged babies? What’s your favorite animal movie?
I wrote this post as part of Netflix’s Stream Team.