Hi, I have just found out I'm pregnant with no.4. (early days - only 5 weeks). This will be my first with my new partner, other 3 by my ex. My sister's dog has just had puppies and we are due to have an eight week old at the end of June (I won't be due till next Jan). Am I mad? I and dp have wanted a dog for ages and the kids will be thrilled. Am I taking on too much? What about health risks? The kids will be so upset if we don't get it because of a baby!
I struggle with my dog (chocolate labrador) and 2 small boys. Dog came first and I thought then I would never want a puppy again as poos everywhere, chews furniture and rips up the carpet. I think if you are at home most of the time and your children are a bit older to help out, and you have a garden you can let it run around in it will be ok. I find that with a pushchair a child and dog on small pavements a bit of a nightmare but if your children can take the dog as you push the pram it would be fine. As far as health risks to you just make sure that it is wormed regularly as children seem to like having their faces licked. Congratulations on no4 baby!
Thanks! I certainly know what toddlers are like! Hopefully the kids will help (with pup and baby...) my eldest is 11 and we back on to a park for pooping and scooping. Should I be worried about toxoplasmosis or is that just cats?
Thanks again, this will be a black lab - the other kids are 7-11 so fairly self-sufficent and house-trained! I don't have any carpets downstairs and I think I will get a kiddy gate to keep it in the kitchen/dining area unless directly supervised. My garden is quite big and we are right on a park entrance (although it is a main road..) I work from home most of the time so will be here.
Ah... I see, found it, was trying to be concise. Am expecting OTT animal crazy big sis (no kids, too scared...and now too late...) to accuse me of not being able to give enough attention to pup and favouring baby (as if?!)
If your dog is anything like mine it will think it is a child anyway. I have had no problems with her and the children. I think in general Labs are pretty harmless although she doesnt much care for the kids riding on her back like a horse!!!