When her parents brought her home from the hospital, baby Madison immediately caught the attention of Ryder, the family German shepherd. Ryder’s protective instincts kicked in almost immediately, much to the dismay of the other family dog, a husky. Any time the husky approaches Madison, Ryder is there to intercept. Here at SFG, we think that the bond between humans and animals is precious, and think that it’s wonderful to see that connection being formed at such a young age.
That being said, we also understand how controversial it is to allow animals near babies, especially newborns. Madison’s parents, too, seem to be aware of this issue, and have taken steps to preemptively discourage any negative backlash they may receive for posting this video on the Internet. In the YouTube description, they write:
****BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT US NOT BEING RESPONSIBLE, WE HAD ALREADY TRAINED/DESENSITIZED OUR DOGS WITH A LIFE LIKE BABY DOLL FOR SEVERAL WEEKS PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF OUR BABY, EVEN THOUGH WE TRUST OUR DOGS COMPLETELY WE DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE WITH THE BABY**** THANK YOU!
It is apparent that they understand the inherent risks of allowing animals, no matter how domesticated they may be, near a newborn. The fact that they have taken precautionary measures (like “training/desensitizing” their dogs with a baby doll) demonstrates conscientiousness and responsibility on their part. Though it’s impossible to eliminate all negative comments on the Internet, including this extra information might quell some of the concerns from potential commenters.
Watch Ryder valiantly protect little Madison in the video below, and be sure to sound off in the comments section about whether or not you think it’s okay to have a baby and a pet together in the same room.