Mirian has been loved by all who have seen her and held her and even those who have only seen photos to this point. It appears that one of the many individuals competing for Mirian's love is none other than our Golden Retriever Maced (pronounced like "Faucet" with an "M").
We felt it necessary to not shoo Maced away anytime she tried to lick Mirian because then Maced would try to sneak in and do it anyway and we would always have to be watching her so she didn't injure Mirian. We do feel it necessary however to minimize the licking.
Maced is a sweet dog and was supposed to have a litter of puppies approximately 2-3 weeks before Mirian was born, however there were no puppies, she had had a false pregnancy. Maced now believes that Mirian is her puppy! The other day, Russ' brother came to see Mirian. When he walked over to look at the baby, Maced quickly got in between him and the baby. She didn't bark or growl, but she was clearly upset that a stranger was getting too close to her baby.
The other day, I had to take Maced to the vet to get her yearly shots. Maced usually loves going to the vet. She gets lots of attention and treats and she gets to meet other dogs. This time was a little different. It was pouring rain and Mirian was crying. Maced was really keyed up. We went into the vet and she was just super hyper. Finally, they took us into an exam room and when the vet came in Maced was really nervous. The vet tried to take her into the back to have her nails trimmed and Maced wouldn't move! She did not want to leave her crying baby behind. The vet was pulling on her collar, even tried to tempt her with a treat, but Maced wouldn't budge. Finally, I had to pretend like I was going back with her. It was sweet to see how much Maced loves her baby girl.