Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hailey vs. the Baby

As I have mentioned before, Hailey is not a dog who enjoys children. They stress her out. Hosting family Easter dinner was stressful. We had a plan if Hailey couldn't settle down.

The first 15 minutes were hell. Maggie was crying a little. Maggie's crying made Hailey bark. Hailey's barking made Maggie cry. It became a vicious circle.

Once Maggie settle, Hailey settled and other than a few barks throughout the visit, she did fine. She did bark if Maggie cried and she barked when people picked Maggie up or walked with her. She was fairly easily redirected. She particularly liked Maggie during lunch and had to be called away many times. She was even caught licking Maggie's hand.  Throughout the visit I gave her cookies for being calm.

Hailey peaking at Maggie's tray
Eventually, she was even able to relax and have a little nap. Overall, we give her a B+.

I am proud of her for not having to be put in the crate or on leash. Maybe, oh maybe, she can get use to kids. (We may have been helped by the fact that Maggie didn't crawl today, she can, but decided not to).


  1. Well done Hailey, what a good girlie you are.
    I finks that last photo of your beautiful face deserves a treat don't you?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Well done Lee. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Bravo Lee a B+ is a wonderful rating and with some cookies it is much better than an A :o)
    easy rider

  4. Good job, Hailey! It can be hard to be around little ones...they make weird noises sometimes. But, if you behave...then it is great to be near them especially when they drop food!

  5. Oh Hailey you were a good good girl, you should see how we get when the grandpeeps come over, we jump and scratch and then we settle down....we are just so happy to see them.
    stella rose

  6. Hari OM
    (pssst Hailey c'm'ere... lemme whisper in yer ear.... I'm a bit allergic to kids too!!! Strange but true...)

    I say Hailey dog, you did good getting that B+ and maybe like all the other things, the more you mingle with the activity, the more you will accept - or even get to like - it!!! Pleasing your peeps is always gonna bring B+nuses and maybe even A-xtra treats!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Oh boy that surrounds exhausting. I adore kids
    Lily & Edward

  8. WE are very much PROUD of you, also HAILEY!!! WAY to Gooooooo girrrrl. Way to GO!!

  9. Well done Hailey,well Done,xx Speedy

  10. Good job Hailey! I'd say you did quite well given the presence of the tiny human!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  11. Good job Hailey! Kids are scary to us doggies. When the grand peeps come over I get them to throw the ball for me but Stanley likes to ignore them. But now that they are older they aren't so bad BOL!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Bravo Hailey...when one isn't used to the high pitched voices of wee ones it takes some getting used to...but be advised...they eventually drop food so it is good to be friends with them
    Hugs madi your bfff

  13. Good job, Hailey!! We feel her pain. The girls don't like kids, either!

  14. Hailey we feel for ya - we had a housefull on Sunday and it is hard to have all the comotion!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  15. Its tough with kids. Im used to them so no problem with me. I just dont like them to get into my face space, then I get a bit snappy!!


  16. Hi hi hi! Ojo here!

    Cousin Lee, a B+ is a passing grade, well done! And little people are pawesome around feeding time, aren't they! Hurray! (Even if she didn't share the bacon!)

    Handsome Phod, that is a tragedy about your Ball. We have many. Maybe I can send you one? But make sure to hide it so it doesn't get stolen again!

  17. Great job Hayley!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  18. Well done, Hailey....though we don't see why you couldn't help keep Maggie clean more. Maybe you need to have little peeps around you more. Just sayin'.

  19. Good girl! Luckily mine really enjoy kids. Both girls are partial to babies!

  20. it is hard for dogs that are not around kids a lot - Reilly doesn't mind kids but denny would dig a hole and bury himself if one came near him :)

  21. We think it is good if Hailey felt good enough to take a nap during all that chaos. Way to go Hailey.

  22. Oh Lee, I do understand how annoying it can be when a baby cries. I'm not a big fan of children myself but I tolerate mom's granddaughter. She's two and the best thing I can say about her is she will share her food with me, the worst thing is I don't like her touching me. Mom makes me let her pet me, ugh.

    Aroo to you,

  23. Yeah, those shrunken peeps can be noisy and, well, weird! Congrats for a Bplus!! I hopes lots of cookies were involved!! BOL
    And, good things about the shrunken peeps..they drop good foodables!!
    Ruby ♥

  24. I know that kind of stress, and I'm so happy that it ended up going well for Hailey and Maggie! Shyla is afraid of young children but has come to like our nephews. I hope that the same happens for Hailey.

  25. Hey, thats not too bad! Kids make me nervous too, even my own! hahahaha!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!


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