If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll know that we are a family of four. Mummy, Daddy, baby and a feral pug who occasionally answers to Winnie but always answers to ‘TREAT’.
Both pug and baby are vying for Mummy & Daddy’s attention, but who’s winning?
Round 1: – Food
Winnie can be quite creative when it comes to seeking out food in addition to her daily bowl of wet food. She’ll scratch at the treat drawer, she’ll jump in the dishwasher, she’ll edge slowly over the plate you’ve rested next to you on the floor until you don’t even notice she’s there until she’s licking it. She’ll crouch outside and pretend to wee in hope she’ll be rewarded. Baby feeds on demand without having to resort to any trickery or manipulation. After a few months, the baby is allowed to eat Winnie’s ultimate goal – human food.
Winner – Nice try Winnie, but baby wins.
Round 2 – The bouncy chair
Winnie has a bed. A very nice bed that cost more than I care to admit we paid for a dog bed ,purchased when she was an only child and we obviously had more money than sense. As if that’s not enough, she’ll sneak onto the sofa and the bed. But her ultimate goal is Henry’s bouncy chair. She seizes any opportunity to try to claim it for her own, even if Henry’s in it. I once left the room for a second to grab the changing bag and returned to find Henry sat in his chair staring at the pug who was straddling him.
Winner – It’s Henry’s chair, but after the straddling incident this round has to go to the pug.
Round 3 – Noise
Winnie barks and she’s told to be quiet. The baby cries and gets a cuddle. Or food.
Round 4 – The neighbours
Our neighbour to the left is an elderly lady who spends her summer afternoons sharing her lunch with Winnie (much to my annoyance). When Winnie gets fed up of sleeping in our house, she nips next door, takes herself upstairs and naps on our neighbours spare bed. This has happened more times than I care to admit and I’m not quite sure how she does it. Baby on the other hand is yet to receive any food or nap space from our neighbours.
Winner: Winnie is the clear winner here. She has our neighbour wrapped around her little claw.
Round 5 – Sleep
The baby is allowed to sleep upstairs even when he cries all night. The pug has to sleep in the kitchen because she snores.
Overall – despite Winnie put up a good fight, Henry just pips her to the post.