Football has been quite curious about the little bundle we brought home almost six whole months ago. He has done his share of sniffing and licking and peeking around the closed baby gate into the nursery. The first time Carson started crying he looked around the house trying to figure out where the noise was coming from. Now, he comes to me as if to say: "Don't you hear that baby crying? Why aren't you fixing it?" The first time he noticed Carson moving around, he became startled trying to figure out whether he should chase, pounce, or run away from the little animal. Since Day 1, he has snuggled next to us while we snuggle. It's just recently that he has allowed Carson to reach out and touch him, rest his feet on him and lounge on the couch.
I know at some point we will talk about them as a boy and his dog, but for now it's a dog and his boy. Football follows Carson around, lays outside the nursery door, and rests on the blanket he plays on throughout the day. I can already picture the sharing of food and chasing through the grass that will take place as Carson grows up. The bond can only grow stronger once Carson is throwing Cheerios for Football to scoop up off the floor, right?
I am grateful for the patience Football has with Carson. He seems to understand that when Carson kicks or hits, he is really trying to rub and love on him. He looks to us as though we should stop Carson from being rough, but lays there until he has had enough and gets up to move when he's ready to get away. He loves this baby so much already.
I love watching Carson watch Football. If Football is in the room, Carson's eyes light up and follow him wherever he goes. I think all boys should grow up with a dog. They learn so much by taking care of the animal and bonding with it. Football can teach Carson respect, tenderness, responsibility, trust, loyalty, and a kind disposition.