Heather and I have worked hard to prepare Annie for the arrival of her baby brother, and so far it seems to be working as she’s excited about what’s to come. There’s another member of our family, however, who doesn’t seem nearly as well adjusted about the baby… Rigby.
The first change we’ve seen in Rigby is that she’s started to follow Heather everywhere she goes and from a very close proximity. While this is very sweet, it’s driving Heather a little crazy. When Heather crosses the room Rigby shuffles no further than a foot behind her; when Heather sits or lies down, Rigby insists on positioning herself so that she’s touching Heather. Since Heather is especially hot on account of being nine months pregnant, she finds this less than ideal.
The second change in Rigby is that she’s gone into “super guard dog” mode. This means that she’s constantly barking at possible “intruders,” aka birds outside our windows. This is awesome since Rigby wasn’t exactly the quietest dog to begin with. She doesn’t stop there, though. Anyone who dares to ring our doorbell door meets the full weight (all eight pounds) of Rigby’s wrath. She’s even growled at me a few times.
The weirdest thing Rigby’s started to do happens at night, and unlike the previous two examples, it’s not nearly as easy to figure out why she’s doing it. Every night for the last week or so Rigby has jumped off – and then back onto – our bed about twenty times. This would be annoying enough, but it’s what she does when she’s off the bed that is especially maddening. She digs into our laundry hampers, pulls out all of our dirty clothes, and scatters them across the room. If you’ve heard someone yelling, “Rigby!!!!” at three in the morning recently, it was me.
Today I decided that it was time to sit Rigby down and have a heart to heart chat with her about all that is happening.
“So, Rigby, I’ve noticed that you’ve been acting a bit unusual of late. I can’t help but wonder if it’s because of the baby. Has it been worrying you?”
“Things are going to change a little, but it’s nothing to be afraid of. You’ve done this twice before!”
“Everyone is going to love you just as much as we always have. You are our family dog, Rigby, and nothing will ever change that.”
“I’m glad we had this conversation. I feel a lot better. Don’t you?”
I think that helped things a lot. But who the heck knows with a dog?
Anyone else ever experience anything like this with their pet?