Many parents decide to adopt a dog when a baby arrives. Raising a puppy has many advantages. Family dogs are one of the most effective ways to increase children’s emotional intelligence.
This has been shown to reduce meltdowns, aggression, and anxiety in newborns, strengthen their cognitive abilities and compassion, and stimulate a willingness to try new things in the face of numerous challenges. Scientists say having a pet at home reduces the risk of allergies and obesity. A four-legged companion can also provide a sense of security and promote social interaction for the baby. Many studies confirm that a dog in the house can help parents raise intelligent, empathetic and healthy children.
Mother Paige Knudtson, of Richmond, Virginia, is well aware of the benefits. When she discovered she was pregnant with Finn, she adopted a boxer named Brutus from a local shelter at the age of 2. “He’s a big teddy bear and he loves attention and cuddling. As I got closer, I knew he would be gentle, but I never expected him to become such a big part of my son.”
When she was 20 weeks pregnant with Finn, she underwent an anatomy exam that revealed a severe heart abnormality in the little boy. Finn had to undergo several surgeries and open heart surgery after his birth. She said they were lucky to have found out about it before he was born, as he would not have survived otherwise.
When Brutus met Finn for the first time, they immediately connected. Paige, the nurse in the emergency room, explained that it was as if Brutus knew that Finn needed extra attention and love and that he was always by his side. After seven weeks and some complications, Finn was discharged from hospital and has since gone home.
The two love each other very much and enjoy every moment together, whether in front of the TV, napping, eating or playing. When Finn is ill, Brutus knows how to stay by his side and put his head on his chest. He curls up next to him and sits and follows him from room to room in our house.
When Brutus was a baby he slept in front of the crib on a rug, but things got easier when Finn moved into a cot. Brutus hated being separated from Finn for a while and kept scratching the door to his room, going back and forth until they let him in. The two hated not being together at night.
Paige said Brutus began crawling into his bed at night about a month after Finn started sleeping in his large boy’s bed. Paige explained that Brutus followed him and started sleeping next to him when Finn started climbing out of his bed to sleep on the floor. They moved the dog bed out of Finn’s room so that Finn could sleep in the Brutuss bed and Brutus could stay in the Finn bed. It looks like Brutus is lying next to Finn to stop him from falling out of bed. Brutus follows Finn wherever he goes, which means they feel comfortable together.
When she found her son huddled next to Brutus, she was intrigued to know how it happened and put on the nanny’s camera. The camera helped her capture her sweet night routine.
Knudtson is happy that she has made his 23-month-old sons her guardian and best friend, and they would love to see them grow up together. The adorable video shows Finn settling down with Brutus for about five minutes before the dog moves on. While Brutus sleeps on the floor, Finn grabs his blanket and climbs into bed next to him. Brutus does not disturb his pillow because he feels comfortable.
Every morning, the family expects them to sleep together, curled up. It’s like a dog bed where the Finns are lying on the floor and the boys are sleeping together. Finn sleeps with Brutus night after night. They are both so cute and cuddly together.