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Pup Disliked Affection But Couldn’t Rebuff Baby Nor Her Undeniable Charm

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on November 20, 2023

A couple adopted two furry companions—Zach and Sam. The two dogs were wonderful additions, but Zach, although loving, didn’t like it when his humans approached too closely and would grumble if Mom or Dad tried to snuggle with him.

The couple was hesitant when they got pregnant, unsure how Zach would react to her.


But Zach, though initially wary, changed when Lily arrived. Both dogs gathered around the baby and doted on her. To his parents’ surprise, Zach couldn’t resist Lily’s charm and licked her face gently as if he were officially welcoming her to their family with his giant doggy heart. From then on, Zach became more than a pet– he became a vigilant protector. Beside his baby girl, he’d stretch out, one paw delicately placed on her tiny body. Their bond grew, and Zach became her faithful companion, always staying close to her.


As Lily grew into a little girl, Zach knew when it was bedtime and waited for her at the stairs, thumping his tail. He’d nudge her gently, and they’d ascend to her room. Zach stood guard as she slept, protecting her and making sure she knew his loving presence was never far away.


Then tragedy struck when Zach heartbreakingly crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Their other dog, Sam, the quiet and patient soul, stepped up as a hero. A sad Lily hesitated at the stairs, reflecting fear and longing with tears in her eyes. She so desperately missed her bedtime buddy. Sam, having observed the routine, stood up. With a gentle nudge and a soulful gaze, he promised the little girl that he would be there for her now. He placed his paw on the first step and turned to her. An unspoken understanding passed between them.

Together, Lily and Sam ascended the stairs. While Sam knew he would never replace Zach, he was honored to fill in for his beloved canine brother because he loved that little girl too. From then on, Sam faithfully waited at the stairs every night for his favorite time with his precious angel, guiding her to bed and watching over her as she slept.

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