Many of you have asked how Bryson's been with Eva, now that she's been with us for 7+ months (Yes! It's been 7 months already, crazy, eh?) Apart from all these forced posed buddy shots, in their everyday interaction, is he scared? Is he jealous? Does he know that she's the (other) "alpha" lady?
Well, a fellow corgi mama posted a question on mycorgi this past week along those lines- they're expecting a new 2-legged baby and Sam from mycorgi referred her to me to share our experience (thanks, Sam, for thinking of us as "experienced" parents, ha!) And here's my 2 cents on how to prepare a corgi for a baby.
But that's not what you're interested in, of course. You wanna know how our dear boy Bryson is doing now, right?
Well, first of all, I'm happy to say that he has continued to grow more comfortable with her every day. We've continued to enforce Eva's "alpha" status, with her (i.e. her stroller) leading the pack during our family walk, giving him his dinner (we have her pretend to put down his bowl and give the "go!"), and doling out treats for tricks, as such:
This video was shot during Christmas time, so it was almost 2 months ago. Eva has since advanced to getting out of our grip and full on lunging at Bryson while screaming on the top of her lungs, scaring the bejesus out of Bryson. We are still working on curbing her enthusiasm ("Gentle, gentle...").
It's actually my turn to ask questions now- once you've trained your dog to be good with your kid, how do you train your kid who doesn't even know what "no" means to be good with the dog?
P.S. On a completely unrelated note, a teammate of mine at work passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. It's been a really rough week, we've just all been reeling in shock and sadness... I wasn't even sure if I was in the mood to write a blog post, but then I remember that Joe had always been big about family. In fact, the very last time I saw him a couple weeks ago, I showed him Eva's photo and told me to "really enjoy these times with her when she's small". So, in Joe's memory, remember to tell your loved one how much you treasure them before you go to sleep tonight. To love, friendship and family, RIP, Joe.