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It was a little over a year ago when we lost our almost thirteen year old gigantic mutt named Bear, who was one of gentlest, mellowest dogs I’ve ever met. Being an animal lover and a firm believer in giving shelter pets new homes, I pestered my husband until he agreed that we could get another dog. Though I mourned the loss of my dear old friend and first “baby” I felt that we had an open spot to offer another dog that was in need of a home.

I was leaning toward getting an older dog since they aren’t adopted as quickly as puppies so I took home a small dog named Rosco from the Humane Society. We only had Rosco for a few hours when I realized that he was far too intense with our cats and growling at me when I was getting near his bone. I felt horrible but I had to take him back to the shelter. I couldn’t have a dog that guarded treats around my children

A few days later I saw another possible dog on the Humane Society’s website–a small reddish terrier mix called “Lass.” She was four months old…a bit younger than I had hoped for but after Rosco, I wondered if maybe a younger dog would be a better fit for our family. And she was so darn cute. I took our two girls to the shelter to meet her and little Lass immediately jumped in my lap and wouldn’t leave. I was sold. As I filled out the paperwork to adopt her, I noticed Rosco was being adopted by an older woman and I felt so relieved. I knew he would be fine in a quieter house with no young children to pester him. The girls and I quickly decided on the name Clover for our new family member. The Red Clover is the Vermont State Flower (I grew up there) so I liked the idea of my dog being a little red Clover herself.

During the next few weeks while Clover settled in, she and Cooper, who was just two and a half at the time, had to learn to co-habitate.  I had no idea how much alike they would turn out to be! Cooper seemed to think that he was a puppy and Clover seemed to think he was too. Or did she think she was a human? It was hard to tell. The two would romp around and while it was cute, it also made me nervous. Cooper was often rough and would head butt and charge the little dog. Since Clover carried stuffed toys in her mouth, Cooper started to do so as well. I had to break up many a game of tug o’ war while each held one end of a toy in their teeth. The last thing I needed was for Cooper to get accidentally bitten.


Cooper also started to do things like dive to the floor if a scrap of food fell. Then he’d eat it only using his mouth. I’d catch him with his tongue out lapping water out of the dog bowl and the funniest thing of all–as we were walking Clover and she stopped to poop, Cooper stopped too and squatted. With a big grin he looked at me and said proudly “I pooping on sidewalk!” He was only pretending of course but I cracked up.

From the potty accidents on the floor, to the biting, the selective listening and even the toys in the pet store that get both Clover and Cooper excited for a game of fetch–puppies and toddlers are comically similar. And of course, neither species is trustworthy at such a young age so while they are awfully cute together, we make sure to always supervise their interactions.

Does your baby love your pet?

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20140219_143809_resizedI started blogging for Thirsties while I was expecting Cooper: my third child, my first boy, my last baby. He turns three this Sunday which is hard to believe. Unlike his sisters, Cooper does not have a “baby book,” and because of it,  I’ve been feeling sad and a little guilty. I could barely keep up with the girls’ two baby books and I was more than a busy enough with a five year old and a three year old to care for in addition to little Cooper. I immediately gave myself the out: “I’m not doing one for you, Cooper,” I told him (though he couldn’t understand), “I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m sorry.”

But just now, as I was contemplating making Cooper a photo book for his third birthday to chronicle his life so far, and lamenting the fact that I can’t recall his milestones like first steps, first word, likes and dislikes of his first and second years of life—I realized that I have more than two years of blog posts for Thirsties about my pregnancy, Cooper’s “Newborn Chronicles,” and many, many written accounts of our daily life together. I can honestly say that while I was writing the dozens of blogs Thirsties I had no idea what a gift they would prove to be for Cooper (and me).

At three years old, Cooper has truly gone from baby to little boy. He’s stubborn and opinionated, he’s empathetic and sweet, he’s likes to play rough but he’s shy. He adores his sisters and jumps into their arms when he sees them after school, saying “I missed you, Kate!” and “I love you, Lauren!” He’s very athletic–and continues to throw balls with his right hand but kicks with his left foot. He uses both hands to hold his utensils but draws with his right. He throws a Frisbee (and quite well) with his left.

He loves Monster Trucks and dinosaurs and his little stuffed dog named Rootbeer. He still has a special blankie that has the softest white fuzz on one side and fleece on the other. It has to be “just right” with the furry side facing up when he goes to sleep so he can rub it. And when he needs to be comforted, he rests his hand on my cheek and tilts my face towards his.

 So Happy Birthday, Cooper! You’re an amazing gift and a joy to raise. I’m very lucky to be your Mom. And I’m very lucky that I was a regular blogger for Thirsties when you were very little.

Do you keep baby books for your little ones? What other clever ways do you preserve the precious moments that you never want to forget?


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