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A GIRL AND HER DOG

Posted on: Tuesday



Biet wakes up in the morning and kisses us. Then she fervently searches for Nico (who is usually sleeping at our feet under the covers), squeals with excitement when she finds her, and covers her with kisses and good-hearted slaps on the back.  She slyly slips the food she doesn't care for (most often the cooked carrots and pieces of lettuce) into her chubby little hand, slides it down the side of her highchair,  and delivers it straight into Nico's mouth.  She then happily has her messy hands polished clean, courtesy of one slobbery dog tongue. It drives Gaby and I crazy. It makes Nico's day.  Crying meltdown in the middle of the floor? Nico runs to the rescue to lick baby girl's face and the problem disappears into chuckles and smiles. Each day, Biet holds tight onto Nico's back for balance and stumbles across the living room, using her as a real live walker (meanwhile, she has shown zero interest in the two wooden baby walkers we have for her). And now, when we go on family walks, Biet's tiny hand shoots up, grabs hold of the leash, and doesn't let go until we get home. She is kind of obsessed with walking the dog.. with walking her dog.

It hit me the other day: Biet already considers Nico her dog. To her, there will never be a time when she was without her Nico. She will hear about the days, before babies, when Mama and Papa brought home a six-week-old puppy and raised it from a wee little thing into the amazing Nico. She will know that Nico used to be our baby, our pet, but she will never really know that time. Instead she will tell her friends at the playground and at daycare and at school to come over and play with her dog. I imagine that Nico will move into Biet's bed when its time to transition from the crib, sleeping at her feet underneath her covers.  I could have never imagined, when it was just Gaby and I, living in a tiny apartment on the Lower East Side, trying our best to house train our wild puppy, that in a few short years she would be the companion and the protector of our daughter.  They are just so good together, this girl and her dog.






17 COMMENTS:

  1. oh! those pictures warm my heart. :)

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  2. Precious. I can't wait until my daughter is born and gets to experience the love of the pups first-hand. I'm sure she hears them while squiggling around inside me, but I just can't wait to see them together. Your daughter and pup are adorable.

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    1. I am positive that Biet grew used to Nico's bark while in my belly too! Congratualtions!

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  3. These pictures are so sweet!

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  4. Just love the relationship between babies and pups. Its so sweet and gentle. Love the pictures!

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  5. Nothing like good old puppy love ; )

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  6. Anonymous7:53:00 PM

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and each of your post have really hit a note with me. But this one... it has made me smile a happy little smile that I feel in the depths of my heart. Some people do not realise the impact that dogs have on our lives, they quietly slip into a place that nothing else can touch. To see the realtionship grow between your daughter and Nico must be on of the most special things you will ever get to witness. She is getting the most faithful companion she will ever have.

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    1. I truly believe that she is forming a bond beyond words with Nico. It is almost an instinctual love between them, and it is amazing to witness.

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  7. Anonymous10:06:00 PM

    Love, love, love!! That love between them is so wonderful and fulfilling.

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  8. I love this! I wish my kid was as keen on our cats and vis versa.

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  9. Your photography is phenomenal! And of course your little one is beyond gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you!!
      That is so kind, and really means a lot to me. I am still learning about picture-taking, and am really trying to grow as a photographer. So glad you like my pictures!

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