As an autism mom, and after almost 10 years being married, having kids, not having pets, and being happy about it, I actually am surprised to say that I'm grateful for our new dog. I have read several things about how doggies are good companions for kids with autism, and I would smile and think, "That's great for all those other kids," then go about my day without a dog.
Then last Sunday, my husband left to get a haircut and came back with a puppy. I was so mad at him. I mean, don't I have enough poop, pee, chewed on stuff, major messes, etc. to clean up already? But then the puppy was so sweet, didn't bark at us, was super snuggly. Also, to see the light in my husband's eye and to hear him say that now our family was complete made it worth it. Honestly, the thing that got me at first was that he started eating the popcorn my kids had just spilled all over the floor. It reminded me of people who buy goats to mow their grass. I had a dog to be a vacuum. ;)
Since our kids are very limited in their verbal ability, we decided to name the dog, Dougie. Doggy is a word that all my kids can say, and doggy is close enough to Dougie...right?
Dougie has been extremely cute with my kids. The very first day Kevin came and got me right when I was finally lying down for my nap. He said, "You've got to come see this." My annoyance at being disturbed during my "me time" quickly turned into utter happiness when I saw Dougie standing protectively between my sweet baby girl and the fence where the mean dog was barking at her and trying to jump over.
I couldn't get to this picture in time, but when I walked in on Jason after his nap, I found him sitting up petting his doggy. It made me happy.
Garrett has made friends with Dougie too. He talks about his "dog" randomly throughout the day. At first he was scared of him, but now he lets him climb right up on his lap, and Garrett will get a smile and pet him while looking up at the ceiling. So cute.
The best part for me is that I haven't been AT ALL motivated to exercise. If I have free time I just want to veg...but every day this week after I have the kids on the bus, I take Dougie on a walk. Walks are a lot more fun when you have a doggy to keep you company. So, maybe I'm a converted dog lover after all. :)