They say a dog is a man’s best friend, and this is definitely the case with my partner, Eddy, and our dog Diego.
Diego, our Jack Russell cross Fox Terrier, is more than a pet to us – he’s our first-born son (with fur). If he isn’t playing he always has to be touching one of us, and he sleeps under the blankets at the bottom of our bed every night.
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Every day he goes to work with his human dad on the various job sites he works at, he travels in the car and then like a canine apprentice he works (or plays and sleeps) alongside him all day. He is never on a lead; he will just come when he is called. He is a loyal and loving dog that has always shown us great affection, especially Eddy.
But since I became pregnant, Diego seemed to know something was changing. His affections, although still more directed toward his father, became shared a little more evenly.
I first noticed the shift one day when I was walking down the stairs from our top floor apartment. Before I was pregnant Diego used to run down the eight flights of stairs and wait at the bottom, but as the months of my pregnancy went on and the stairs grew more difficult to navigate, one day I noticed him waiting at every half level of the stairs for me to catch up. He did this the entire way down like he was watching out for me and continued to do this for the remainder of my pregnancy.
And while sometimes in the evenings he occasionally came close to my baby belly, he never got too close and never laid on it. It was as if he knew to be careful.
Just as Diego showed Eddy and I respect and loyalty we also showed it to him by involving him in our human baby journey (after all, he was going to be a big brother.) From our announcement that we were expecting, to sharing the news we were having a boy, Diego was always a part of the big moments because simply put, he is our family.