We are due in October with our first baby and just adopted a 2 yr old pug in late March. He has by now completely bonded with us and he knows that we are his 'people', and about the same time that our 'pack' was solidified, he became extremely protective of me when I walk him. Now it's a funny sight to see my clowny, sweet, affectionate and otherwise very gentle pug get a little riled when we see someone else during our walks (he gets between me and the person and barks-not in a mean or aggressive way, but it's definitely a back off signal!) He does not do this to DH when they are walking, and he does not do this when DH and I are walking together with him. He 'knows' that DH will take care of any protecting that needs to be done. Sweet dog! :LOL
We have seen him around friends children and he is extremely sweet, friendly, affectionate and very tolerant of petting, tail pulling etc. and we have no doubt that he will be a wonderful big brother to our little one.
I would like for him to be at the birth (we're planning a home waterbirth) as he is a great source of comfort and love, but our mw has expressed her preference for pets to not be at home during the birth because she has seen that sometimes they get upset when they sense that their owner is in discomfort. We are hoping that our neighbor could keep him during the height of labor and birth and then to have him come back to us once we're cleaned up and settled in a bit.
We're also planning to share our bed with our little one and since we already do so with our precious puggy, we will continue with that and hope that all 4 of us can peacefully rest together. Luckily we've got a Cal King bed and we are thinking about sidecarring a crib, so we'll all have a bit of room. Our pug has been really great to sleep with, too...he is incredibly polite and he waits until I've woken up to come to give me my morning kisses. Sometimes I can tell that he is awake and just looking at me, waiting for my eyes to open so that he can come to snuggle me, he waits and stays down at his spot by my legs until we make eye contact and then he comes up and gives me kisses.
Can you tell I love my dog, maybe just a little tiny bit?