My husband and I brought Olive into our lives when we got married. She was my partner in crime, my baby, the puppy that kept our Blue Heeler on her toes.
She was our princess.
She did cute things like fall asleep in my husband’s hockey bag.
She even would insist on relaxing in the hammock with us as we caught some Florida sun.
When I became pregnant with my first child, Olive started acting differently toward me. She started marking my clothing and stealing any loose baby items that were in the house.
When the kids came, she struggled to find her place. To this day, she has a love/hate relationship with the kids. She saves lots of kisses for them, although they are usually not reciprocated.
She steals their food and eats their favorite toys. If one of the kids hops down to get some water, she’ll steal their breakfast right off the table.
She steals my breakfast, too. EVERY morning.
We love her because she is our dog and because she is a member of our family we will always work to make sure she is happy and safe.
However, parenting three kids and a dog is HARD. So much harder than I thought it would be. There are lots of things that are wonderful about having a dog – like the companionship and the 24/7 home protection plan, but there are also many things that make life hard – like walking her outside with three babies in tow or traveling since we do not like to board her.
Had I known pre-kids what I know now, I wonder if we would have waited to get our furry family member until the kids were a little older and more responsible. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I love the family-friendly movies with animal stars and co-stars that could have prepared my kids for the responsibility in being a good pet owner. Milo and Otis, Annie, and the new series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots are just a few of my recent favorites.
Our pets deserve as much love as our less-furry children, and Netflix is good at reminding me that while I may be annoyed that Olive drank my coffee for the fifth time this week, I would sure miss having her as a member of my family.
What are your best tips for parenting pets and kids in the same house?
Disclosure: This post was written as part of my membership on the Netflix Stream Team. I have received a Netflix subscription and streaming device as part of my membership. All opinions expressed in this post are mine and have not been influenced in any way by Netflix. #streamteam