Life / Raising Boys

I just joined the circus.

I don’t know about you but having small kids feels like a bit of a circus at times.  The constant activity, the music (from toys or T.V.) and the amount of balls moms juggle makes me feel like I’m a clown at times.

So then we decided to adopt another puppy.

It’s okay, I can hear your disbelief from here, the “wait, what?!” and yes, I TOTALLY agree with you, but it’s like I told my husband we either get the “circus” phase over and add everything we’re going to add to it now, or in a years time, when we originally decided to get another puppy, we won’t want to have anything else being 100% dependent on us like that.  So when we saw the post on Facebook that a puppy was available to adopt, we jumped right in.  

Awww sweet, I hear you say.  But wait, there’s more.  The puppy we adopted is a Pit Bull Terrier.  

Wait, what?!!?!?!

She is the cutest, sweetest little thing you ever laid your eyes on.  She likes to cuddle and snuggle and nibble on your toes.  She sleeps in our bed and my kids are BESOTTED with her.  Our Border Collie pup (7 months old now) loves her, and they roll and tussle constantly. 

I am very aware of the stigma surrounding the Pit Bull, but I am also aware that ANY dog has the potential to become vicious and a menace to society if not raised and trained properly.  I am a FIRM believer that the RAISING makes the difference, ESPECIALLY for dogs.  They behave like the pack, they copy their traits and especially that of the alpha dog, in a domestic setting, our family becomes “the pack” and our alpha dog is my husband, and he’s established his place well with all our animals.  It also helps that myself and the kids submit under is “headship” as this serves as a visual reminder for our animals too.  You can laugh, scoff if you must, but it works.

So now we have a four year old, a two year old, a 7 month old Border Collie (I thought I’d lost the plot getting him) and a 8 week old Pit Bull (now I’m convinced I’m not firing on all cylinders), the house is a muddle of chaos, laughter, tears, pee, poop and love and cuddles all around.

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