Lots of changes happening. My daughter, Nakoma and I have moved into my fiance's (Jeff) house who has service dog named Atlas ... Nakoma and Atlas get along great (Atlas is an American Dingo... which is awesome); they are the best of friends. One of the hard parts is that Atlas always has to be with Jeff, so when we are leaving the house, Nakoma has to stay and watch us leave with Atlas. Nakoma is fine when we get home, but when we leave, it kills me to see Nakoma watch us leave without him. I'm sure he does not understand.
Jeff and I learned a month ago that we are going to have a baby!!! OMG!!! We are due in less than two months!!!! (This explains why I've been tired and my pants have been snug, and why I've been out of breath lately when running, lol.... .... And ooohhhh.. ... so that wasn't the stomach flu? Oops).
Anyway, we exercise the heck out of Nakoma and Atlas (really really exercise them), and they are both wonderful dogs and in great health, and they are very energetic. Nakoma is also very protective of my daughter (who is 10) (which is a good thing. He just doesn't understand that when I go to tickle her or pick her up for any reason, or to chase her around, that it's all fun and play, and not hurting her).
Nakoma and Atlas do seem to compete for attention from Jeff and I at certain times (usually at the end of the day, just before bedtime). And we deal with that.
Now that we have a little one on the way, I want to know if there is anything I should watch out for. To sum it up: they are great, intelligent, loving and wonderful dogs, they are protective of my daughter, and they compete for attention when it's time to wind down. How do I make sure to let them know that the little one is not a puppy on the low end of the totem pole, but is to be treated like the rest of us?
Or... am I overthinking?