The phrase ‘man’s best friend’ surely didn’t take into account how dogs treat babies. They often become loving, kind, and protective siblings to their human counterparts. An excellent example of this is Brutus, who assumes the role of a remarkably attentive brother to Kayden, the youngest member of the Michalek family.
Meet Brutus, the 3-year-old Bullmastiff residing in Northern California with the Michalek family. To Bonnie Michalek, Brutus is essentially their first child. Despite his imposing appearance, Brutus is, in reality, a friendly and playful dog. However, as Bonnie and her husband were expecting their first child, concerns arose about how Brutus would react to the new addition. While Brutus adores kids and enjoys playing with them at the park, he was accustomed to being the sole child in the family. Hence, the Michaleks were uncertain about how he would adapt to the new family member. Nevertheless, Michalek mentioned that Brutus has always had a soft spot for children and would get excited whenever he heard kids laughing outside.
Even before Bonnie and her husband realized they were expecting, Brutus had already sensed her pregnancy. Whenever her husband was at work, Brutus would stick closely to Bonnie’s side, refusing to stay in his crate, despite her efforts to make it cozy and offering treats. It wasn’t until nine months later, when Kayden was born, that the Michaleks ensured Brutus was included in everything. According to Michalek, Brutus knew about the pregnancy before she did and was attempting to protect her by refusing to be confined in his crate.
While the couple was bringing their baby home, Brutus temporarily stayed at Bonnie’s parents’ house. Upon picking him up, Bonnie showered Brutus with affection before introducing him to the newest addition to their family. As soon as Brutus met Kayden, he instinctively showered him with love and snuggles, forming an irreplaceable bond. From that day on, Brutus has assumed the roles of both babysitter and bodyguard for Kayden, always by his side. Whenever the baby cries, Brutus fetches him his favorite, tattered toy, which has now become a source of comfort for both the dog and the child.
Brutus adores his yellow fluffy toy and believes that offering it to Kayden might cheer him up and stop his tears. The arrival of Kayden has introduced everyone to new experiences and growth. In addition to his beloved fluffball, Brutus has recently discovered that there are numerous toys in the world that aren’t meant for dogs.
In today’s world, pets play an indispensable role in offering humans companionship and emotional support. Not only do they help alleviate feelings of loneliness, but they also have a positive impact on our stress levels. For children, having a pet can contribute to high self-esteem and positive emotions. Pets have become cherished members of countless families, and the thought of parting with them is unthinkable for most. However, despite best efforts, sometimes the relationship between humans and animals doesn’t work out, leading to adoption as a last resort for dedicated families.
Numerous factors contribute to why animals end up homeless and abandoned on the streets. These factors can include a shortage of time to provide adequate care and attention, financial struggles, unexpected offspring, parenting difficulties, the arrival of new family members, or the unfortunate loss of their home.