If you grew up with an animal in the house, you realize just how special that time could be. In one study after another, it has been shown that having an animal around when you are a small child makes you love animals when you’re older. After all, who couldn’t fall in love with a precious creature that has nothing but your best interest in mind? Animals give constantly but they only take what we give back.
This is a story of Brutus. He may be a big bull mastiff but he has a heart that is larger-than-life. He lives in Northern California with his human family and he has a toy that he absolutely adores. As a bull mastiff, he could have torn that toy to pieces but he has kept it very safe.
His mother, Bonnie, says that this toy is something special to him. She claims that it is the only toy that he will not tear to shreds in under five minutes. He loves carrying it around in his mouth and he is rarely ever very far away from it.
Brutus may be known for destroying toys but he is also gentle and loyal.
Brutus’ human, Bonnie Michalek, lives with her husband and this dog since 2016. They bought a house that was big enough for this breed and she considers Brutus to be her first baby.
Now she needs to qualify that statement because she has a human child as well. Kayden, her son, was born 11 weeks ago.
Kayden may be a new experience for the family but they were not worried about how Brutus would handle things.
They knew that Brutus always loved children and every time he heard the kids outside, he would get excited.
It seems as if he knew they were expecting before they did!
“Brutus knew I was pregnant before I did – he definitely sensed it before I knew,” Michalek said. “On the nights my husband was working Brutus refused to be in his crate.”
Brutus wouldn’t even get in the crate, even though she adjusted it. He just wanted to hang out by her side. They thought he was being a brat at first but now they realized he was trying to protect her.
This dog also has the reputation of being a mama’s boy. She wanted to include him in all of the changes that were facing the family.
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After Kayden was born, Brutus stayed at her parent’s house. When they came to pick him up, she realized that Brutus would still want to be a mama’s boy so she gave him some alone time.
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“I made sure to pay some attention to him,” Michalek said. Then she let Brutus come in and meet the baby. “Brutus completely bypassed my husband to meet Kayden. He immediately wanted to give him kisses and snuggle up to him.”
Brutus is now inseparable with Kayden. When he hears Kayden cry, he does his best to help. He even started bringing his favorite toy to his human baby brother.
His mother says he brings the toy to Kayden to console him.
That toy always makes Brutus feel good so it makes sense that he would try to make his human brother feel good as well.
The whole family is anticipating a life with Kayden. They also enjoy time with Brutus, hiking, camping and spending time as a family. They are really excited about bringing Kayden along for the ride.
Everyone is learning the ropes now that Kayden has arrived. Brutus has also taken his place in the family.
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