Sunday, April 5, 2009

Child Proofing the Newfs

Many thanks to my cousin Reid and his wife Angela for being brave enough to come to our house for dinner. Although Katie and Louie meet children all the time on our walks we don't have many small visitors come to our home. I warned Reid that they would likely be quite wild for the first five minutes and the Newfs didn't disappoint my expectations. When faced with a family of five coming into our yard and home Katie and Louie were overstimulated and reacted accordingly. They were barking with their sonorous Newfie voices, Louie was bouncing all over the place held in semi-check by my hand on his collar, and Katie was giving them wary looks. It's interesting how Katie and Louie reacted so differently. Although they were both quite loud it was clear to me that Katie was afraid of the "invaders" and Louie was overjoyed to make some new friends.

Looking at this display from a child's perspective it must have been quite scary, but my little cousins were courageous. The frenzy soon died down and we were all able to relax a bit. Within ten minutes the kids were giving the dogs commands like sit, down, wait and giving them carrot pieces as rewards. I think we have a group of future dog trainers here.


We had a peaceful dinner outside with Katie laying under the table as usual and Louie laying over to the side politely waiting for us to get done. After dinner we played with the dogs and their toys in the backyard.

Katie and Louie decided to show the kids how Newfoundland dogs have fun.


Raising Addie said...

Very fun post!

I love to see how other dogs play together. It gives me an idea that mine are not as crazy as I thought they were.

Thank you for sharing this fun day!


Ellen (Orchids, Gardens and Minis, Oh My!! said...

Hi Charity.. great pics. I know you all had fun today. Your Newfs are the greatest and are both growing up so well. You and Gary are great NewfParents.

Take care.. Ellen (& Chuck) and Bucca, Corena and Rebel

Sophie and Isabella said...

Katie and Louie are absolutely adorable! I look forward to seeing more of them. I love Katie's beautiful foot! Great blog!

babyphat523 said...

We don't have many dinner guests who will brave coming into our home with 4 big dogs either!

We found it was best to welcome the guests into our home via the yard first as well - the dogs do not feel immediate invasion of their den/space. It seems to work to dissolve the initial excitement pretty quickly! Once inside, we are very thankful for babygates and air-purifiers. : )

with love, Madison said...

That is so cool to make friends with kids. It's interesting when you don't actually LIVE with them, isn't it?

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

Nice, shiny coats!

Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard said...

They are lovely puppies!