This was a comic I felt had to happen. Mostly because it mirrored real life so closely.
I don't know if any of you had pets before you decided to have kids. If you have only one or neither, maybe this isn't for you. But I know that before we decided to have kids, I felt a little guilty about what it would do to Truman.
I mean, we FAWNED over that dog for 5 years. We got him gifts on his birthday. He was our child until Henry came along.
That's not to say that we ignored him completely after Henry was born, but your priorities shift when you're a first-time parent. You learn how to juggle your responsibilities, but the shift takes time.
I remember when we brought Henry home and put him down on the floor, resting in his car seat. Truman sniffed all over the place before giving us an inquisitive look. After that, he got... sad. He didn't eat much for the next two weeks. He literally started to isolate himself in other rooms in the house. It bums me out to remember.
Eventually he came around. He learned new ways to steal attention where he could get it. By the time Pearl was born, it was all old hat to him. We worried that he'd resent being knocked down another peg. But, honestly, he took it all in stride.
Truman's a great dog, by the way. He's fantastic with the kids. Never snarls or bites, even when the kids messed with him while he was eating. He'd just sit back and wait for them to get out of the way.
Truman will be 11 years old in February. In many ways, he's the spry dog he's always been. Loves to play-fight. Loves to cuddle. But sometimes I worry that maybe his better years are behind him. He has a lot more white on his face now than he used to. Henry is 5. Pearl will be 3 in less than a month. They love Truman, but sometimes I feel sad that maybe they're not getting the best of him or that they won't remember him when they're older and we've lost him.
I guess it emphasizes the point that you've got to cherish the time you have - not spend too much time thinking about what was or what will be. Now is all we've got.
Funny it takes me writing a blog post about a dog to crystallize that sentiment.
I want to let you know, whatever happens, you're always going to be an important part of this family.
Yeah, I love you, too, buddy!