So...We have this dog...named Kitty. Weird I know. Kitty is short for Katerina Ivanovanov. She is a 10 pound Pekingese. We got her about 6 years ago. She was 4 years old at the time. She was born and raised in a puppy mill. She was fed sawdust and garbage--so she lost lots of teeth. She wasn't taken care of--needed surgery on her cheeks because the hair was rubbing right on her eyes. The hair rubbing on her eyes for so long, made her blind. All while not being taken care of, she had litter after litter of puppies to be sold.
Kitty and I had an instant connection. She bonded with me as soon as I held her. She is a momma's girl. So, I was VERY worried how she would react to baby. I thought she would be VERY jealous.
Instead...she has become my assistant momma. Her mother instinct has taken over. It is an amazing thing!
Kitty has a comfy bed in our bedroom. She doesn't sleep there any more. She sleeps under the crib in the nursery. She is the first in the room when she hears Gwen start crying. She sits at my feet when I am changing diapers and when I am nursing and rocking. She has now earned the nick name momma dog.