When I was 4 months pregnant with our first child, my husband suggested we get ourselves a dog, one that could grow up with our baby.
Later down the track he would make the same suggestion when I was 4 months pregnant with our second child, and we would go on to purchase our second dog from an animal shelter. Oh boy I am glad our baby making days are over, otherwise we may well end up with a zoo!
So that is how Storm became a part of our lives, a gorgeous little labrador pup, who was in a way our practice baby, and if possible made me more excited about becoming a Mum. She would snuggle up to my pregnant belly, as though she knew that in there was her best mate, growing, ready to come meet her at last.
Something that made Storm extra special was finding out that she shared the same Birthday as my sister, it was strangely comforting to know that had something in my life that would grow each year, and celebrate a new milestone on that day, as my dear sister would no longer be able to celebrate her birthday, and that date had been marked with sadness up until now.
Before we knew it, our little bundle of pink was born, and after a few days, we got to take Kiara home, and that’s when a true friendship began.
Storm was in love from the first day, when visitors came around to see our new baby, Storm would sit and watch as they held Kiara, only being at ease once she had been handed back to one of us.
If Kiara would cry, so would Storm, the bond was noticeable by all. Jamie and I joked that she thought she was a nanny dog.
That’s not to say that Storm was an angel dog, she chewed, she destroyed, she stole, she created mischief. While she was still a pup, I read the book “Marley and Me” about a rogue labrador, and on more than one occasion I could see the similarities between Marley and Storm.
We have never been able to grow any garden in our backyard due to Storms destroying abilities, and the kids have learnt the hard way not to leave toys out there, in fact we have even witnesses Storm eat a variety of things including aluminum cans!
Storm looked on as Kiara met many of her important milestones, I also felt like she was a friend for me as I entered Motherhood, she would sit beside me when I was exhausted and in tears after trying for hours to get a colicky, insomniac baby to sleep. Her presence in itself has always been a comfort.
Now we are a bigger family, Noah joined the ranks close to 3 years after Kiara was born, and of course once again we purchased a fluffy friend for our unborn child to grow up with. The bond between Noah and Zen is there as well, just not as strong as that between Kiara and Storm.