When a baby is born, many parents decide to adopt a dog. Puppy raising has many benefits. Children’s emotional intelligence can be enhanced by having a family dog.
It has been found to reduce meltdowns, aggression, and anxiety in newborns, strengthen their cognitive abilities, and stimulate a willingness to try new things despite numerous obstacles. Having a pet at home can reduce the risk of allergies and obesity. Having a pet companion can also provide a sense of security and promote social interaction for the baby. Studies prove that having a dog in the house can help parents raise intelligent, empathetic, and healthy children.
Paige Knudtson, of Richmond, Virginia, knows well what the benefits are. When she found out she was pregnant with Finn, she adopted Brutus from a local shelter at the age of 2. “He’s a big teddy bear who loves attention and cuddling. When I got closer, I knew he would be gentle, but I never expected him to become such an integral part of my son.”
When she was 20 weeks pregnant with Finn, she had an anatomy exam that revealed the baby had a severe heart defect. Finn underwent several surgeries and open heart surgery after birth. Her mother said they were fortunate to find out about it before he was born, as he would not have survived otherwise.
Brutus and Finn instantly bonded after meeting for the first time. Paige, a nurse at the emergency room, explained that it was as if Brutus knew that Finn needed extra attention and love and was always there for him. After seven weeks and some complications, Finn was discharged from hospital and has since gone home.
They are very close and enjoy spending time together whether they are watching TV, napping, eating or playing. Brutus knows how to stay by Finn’s side and put his head on his chest when he’s ill. In our house, he curls up next to him and follows him from room to room.
Brutus slept on a rug in front of the crib when he was a baby, but things improved when Finn moved into a cot. After a while, Brutus was resentful of being separated from Finn and kept scratching the door to his room, going back and forth until they let him in. They missed being together at night.
About a month after Finn started sleeping in his large boy’s bed, Paige said Brutus began crawling into his bed at night. When Finn climbed out of his bed to sleep on the floor, Paige explained that Brutus followed him and started sleeping next to him. Brutus and Finn shared a bed so that Finn could sleep in Brutus’ bed and Brutus could sleep in Finn’s bed. Finn appears to be lying next to Brutus to prevent him from falling out of bed. Finn follows Brutus wherever he goes, so they feel comfortable together.
Upon finding her son huddled next to Brutus, she became curious to know what had happened and turned on the nanny’s camera. She captured her sweet night routine with the camera.
Having made his 23-month-old sons her guardian and best friend, Knudtson hopes to watch them grow up together. Finn settles down with Brutus for about five minutes before the dog moves on. Finn climbs into bed next to Brutus as he sleeps on the floor. He does not disturb his pillow because he feels comfortable.
The family expects them to sleep together, curled up, every morning. There’s a dog bed where the Finns are lying on the floor and the boys are sleeping together. Finn sleeps with Brutus every night. They are both adorable and cuddly together.