Expanding the pack

Expanding the pack
I must admit, even before the arrival of Jasmine I had considered us a ‘family of three’. As far as I was concerned I was already a mum to my furbaby, Heidi. She is a huge part of my life so I thought it was high time I introduced you to her…
For over 10 years I have wanted a Miniature Schnauzer, ever since I got my first job working as Dog Groomer’s Assistant at the age of 16. I fell in love with the breed, with their characteristic beard and eyebrows. I also adored their sweet nature and to this day have never come across a bad-tempered or nasty schnauzer. Circumstances meant that I wouldn’t be able to get my own puppy until I had reached the ripe old age of 26 and had settled down with my fella. In July last year we moved into our own place with a garden big enough for a dog and month later we were on our way to Norwich to pick up Heidi, our miniature schnauzer puppy!
Little did I know that just two weeks after collecting Heidi from the breeders I would find out that I was expecting a  baby. Initially I was overwhelmed with guilt, I had brought this dog into our lives and now I felt like we wouldn’t be able to give it the love and attention she deserved. This wasn’t helped by the fact that it took me a while to bond with our pooch because I was spending all day, every day with my head down the toilet puking my guts up. Stephen was brilliant and took Heidi for all of her walks in those first few weeks, and more importantly took care of the poop scooping! The thought of dealing with that made me gag.
Heidi was very curious about what was in Mummy’s bump!
Slowly the morning sickness wore off (thank God!) and I was able to spend more quality time with Heidi. Our bond grew stronger and now, I quite simply cannot imagine life without her. Throughout my pregnancy it was always in the back of my mind that things were going to change so significantly and I wondered how our puppy was going to react to the new addition to our pack.
Butter wouldn’t melt!
As it turns out, I needn’t have worried quite so much…
Bringing Jasmine home from the hospital I was anxious to see how the first meeting would go. Heidi was clearly very curious as to what, and indeed, who this noisy, dribbling bundle was. She had a little sniff and that was that! Since then Heidi has been brilliant, exceeded my expectations as to how well behaved she would be. She doesn’t get jealous when I’m busy feeding or cuddling Jasmine, she knows to back off and let me get on with it. She doesn’t go short of food and cuddles either and she still gets all the love and attention she did before baby’s arrival. In fact, in the evenings when Daddy gets home from work and spends some time with Jasmine, Heidi and I head out for a long walk together, just the two of us. These walks have kept me sane over the last few weeks and I cherish this time even more now.
Family snuggles: Our first day home from the hospital
The truth is, having a puppy and baby isn’t the disaster that I thought it would be. It hasn’t been like the images I had in my head of me stuck at home with a screaming baby and a dog tearing the house apart.She’s part of the core family unit and I cannot wait to watch Jasmine grow up with Heidi. I’ve got a feeling they are going to be thick as thieves!
My girls: making my heart melt on a daily basis!
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NB. I would just like to point out that I NEVER leave my dog and baby together unsupervised. I trust my dog entirely but would never, ever take that risk.

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  1. November 18, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Aww that is so sweet.
    I have always wanted a miniature schnauzer, that little beard they have is so cute!
    Pets really do become part of the family don't they. Jasmine is going to grow up with the most loyal friend. My mam had dogs when I was born, and I cant imagine what my childhood would have been without them, I used to tell the dogs my secrets when I was little.
    The photo of Jasmine and Heidi snuggled up together is melting my heart!
    Thanks for linking to #PawfectPets, hope to learn more about Heidi as the weeks go on xx

    • November 18, 2014 / 9:36 am

      Dogs will always keep your secrets. :)
      I grew up with dogs at home too and I couldn't imagine not having them around when I was young.
      The photo of Jasmine and Heidi is one of my most favourite pictures in the world. That doesn't happen so much now that Jasmine's old enough – she pulls Heidi's beard!! xx

  2. November 18, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    Aww Heidi and Jasmine are both absolutely gorgeous. I'm glad everything worked out the way you wanted it too!

    I agree with Lauren, that photo of them both snuggling – so cute!

    • November 19, 2014 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you. :) It's difficult sometimes, especially now Jasmine wants to grab at Heidi all the time but for the most part they are as good as gold. I love my girls. :) xx

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