Dear Dogs: An Apology Letter of Sorts

Dearest Cooper and Zadie,

This will not come as a surprise to you but ever since we brought Archer home from the hospital, you are no longer considered, "the kids" but rather second-class citizens of the GGC household. It might have something to do with the fact that you are actually, dogs, which for three years BA (before Arch) we all thought otherwise.

I know that there was a time when I showered you with love and attention constantly, when we spooned in my bed and hiked five days a week and went on long drives together and I know those days have passed. You are no longer allowed on the couch or in the bed and we haven't been hiking in weeks. Months? I guess it's just what happens, dogs. Baby moves in = dogs get the shaft and I don't want to player hate on all you all but I just don't have the cuddle time like I did in my previous life.

All I can say is that I still think you are both pretty cool, even if I wash my hands after I pet you now and subject you to Archer's collar-pulling, tail-yanking, ear-biting, paw-slapping. Even if I forget to wash your dishes and give you treats when I come home from the grocery store and am less patient when you sniff every blade of grass when we are walking.

You see, Archer is a time-consuming young person. He may be small but he has quite a large presence, kind of like you, Zadie.

Please don't look at me with those sad, droopy eyes. It's all downhill from here until Archer's old enough to take my place as playmate.

Until then, please don't take it personally. You will always be my dogz.

Love,

Momz

GGC

14 comments:

Kristen | 5:59 PM

don't even get me started. sniff. my dogs... oh it's so sad. I'm a bad doggy mother.

GIRL'S GONE CHILD | 6:51 PM

Don't feel bad. Surely I am worse.

Mom101 | 7:04 PM

I swear I was just scribbling out similar sentiments today. Poor Emily the bulldog. So neglected you all don't even know about her yet! She even had to go and fake an injury Saturday just to get me to spend a few hours with her at the vet.

J's Mommy | 7:07 PM

how cute! i must admit, i had to give up one of my dogz after J was born. poor baby was so jealous he started peeing all over her toys. he went to a good home but i feel so guilty.

Cooper and Zadie | 7:49 PM

Dear Momz,

We are glad you finally noticed how sad we have become. It has been a difficult adjustment and, yes, we do feel neglected. We accept your apology under one condition...send us to Grandmaw and Grandpaw's house for an extended vacation!!! They have LOTS of time for us and let us on the couch, take us on long walks, snuggle in bed with us, let ONE of us under the covers near their feet, and give us our much deserved CONSTANT attention. We figure a month or two in San Diego will help us lick our wounded pride.

With love,
Your second class children, Cooper and Zadie

GIRL'S GONE CHILD | 7:56 PM

Wow! I had no idea my dogs were so intelligent! I bet they also know quite a bit about physics and music as well!

Kristy | 8:09 PM

I used to dress the Pug in tutus and sweaters..
I even talk her to the mall one year to get her Christmas pics taken with Santa....
Two boys later and the Pug is now third fiddle an referred to as "Old Smeller".....I am a mean, nasty dog mother.
Thanks for the guilt trip.
k

MrsFortune | 8:22 PM

Oh god ... *sniff* I've been told that after you birth a human you realize that your dog is just a dog, but I so do not want that day to come! I'm sitting her going 'oh yeah, that's not gonna happen with me and my maggie' but ... it's a weak protest. She's got 10 weeks left in the spotlight, so I'll have to enjoy it with her while I can.

*sniff, hiccup, snort*

stefanierj | 11:49 AM

Copy. Paste into word. Replace all "dogs" with "cats" and insert pet names M, Sula and Cat.

Beautifully said, GGC. I actually screamed at the cat when she woke the baby last week. WTF?

Mistry | 1:35 PM

ahh i always mean to write a post about my dddog and how he should get the dog noble prize coz he is so amazing and how i really have so little time to spend these daysand now i just have to after reading your post.. love ur blog hugs to ur dddogs

MetroDad | 6:03 AM

Totally relate. The wife and I feel so guilty for not giving the pooch as much attention as we used. He really was our first child (and, of course, we treated him like one.)

Binky | 9:40 AM

Sigh. It's so true. I still try to take the dog with us whenever we go out, but on account of the fact that we live in the northeast, it's often either too cold or too hot to do that. This winter, she's taken to expanding her repetoire of jealousy binging. It used to be just underwear and breast pads, but now she includes new diapers, sunglasses and their corresponding cases, clean baby socks and pacifiers. Roxie, too, is desperate for a vacation at Nana's and Poppy's house, where she sleeps under the covers (on her back with paws out like a human) and food seems to magically fall from the sky.

the weirdgirl | 10:41 AM

Our kitties are getting neglected too, but they're adapting. They know now to come for cuddles when the kid is asleep!

Anonymous | 8:32 PM

We have a toy poodle and since the baby was born (and even a little while just before I gave birth)has been peeing in the house all over. Just a few minutes ago, we were being silly and sat the baby on her bed as he has been starting to crawl, and she was so freaked out she peed in her own bed!
She was also the "baby" before our son, I even called her "baby". I took her to the vet a couple months ago, and she did have a urinary infection and was treated. My husband swears that when I am away for days out of town that there is no behavior, then as soon as the baby and i return it starts that day. He has less patience than me. I don't even want to think about giving her away. Any suggestions? I may bring out her crate tomorrow and disipline like that.