Sunday, September 29, 2013

Puppy Love

What do you get when you mix an imaginative 3-year-old with dog-owning family member? The sweetest story I’ve shared in a long time.

Life with Brayden is never boring (and often cute), but sometimes things happen that are so sweet you know this story will live on in the family for a long time. This is one of those stories.

While visiting family in Connecticut, Brayden and I stayed at my cousin Eileen’s house. To say she was a gracious hostess would be an understatement. She went grocery shopping beforehand to stock up on little b’s food favorites, arranged for a car seat so we didn’t have to bring one, took a week off work to be with us and, germane to this story, opened up a new phase of Brayden’s imaginative play.

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Here’s how it went down…

One afternoon I was beat. Between the time change and our aggressive activity schedule, I had nothing left. Except there was one problem. My toddler was ready to party thanks to his never-ending supply of energy.

Cue Cousin Eileen.

In words soon to immortalized in our family, she said, “Well, I don’t know kids but I do know dogs.” And Eileen proceeded to engage Brayden in some puppy play.

Brayden absolutely loved it. I had never seem him take on an imaginary role before so this was new to me too.

He behaved well to receive “puppy treats”…

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laid in his “puppy bed”…

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and played fetch.

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He even had a “kennel” (hanging out on the stairs while looking out the staircase rails).

So if you’re wondering if there’s a real dog in this story somewhere, then you’re right.

Eileen has a wonderful bulldog named Caesar who watched over the proceedings with a bit of confusion and amusement.

Brayden and Caesar became fast friends as brothers in their doggy bond. This kiss shot says it all.

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Time with family is always filled with memorable moments but this one is sure to go down in the Hall of Fame with ours.


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  2. I LOVE THIS!! I still have Brayden's "kennel" hanging in the hallway and every time I see it I SMILE.. I showed it to him the other night when we were facetiming and he said "that's my cage" I also showed him Ceaser eating dinner and Brayden proceeded to pet the IPad.. They are friends for LIFE!! I love you both and I had such a wonderful time with you two here!!

  3. I had a typo so I had to remove first post LOL

  4. I'm so glad you liked the post, Eileen. Brayden and I have a wonderful time with you, and he still talks about wanting to go see you and Caesar. We miss you and I hope I can convince you to come out to the wedding next year. :)

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