Paige Knudtson acquired Brutus, a 2-year-old boxer, from a local shelter shortly after finding out she was pregnant with Finn. Knudtson understood how kind boxers could be since he grew up with them. But she could never have imagined how important the dog would become in her baby’s life.
Knudtson told The Dodo, “Brutus is basically a giant teddy bear.” “He enjoys being the center of attention and snuggling with people.”
An anatomy scan indicated a severe cardiac abnormality when Knudtson was 20 weeks pregnant with Finn. Finn had a series of treatments following his birth before he was able to have open-heart surgery. Knudtson stated, “We were incredibly fortunate to have discovered this before to his birth, else he might not be here with us today.”
Finn was eventually able to return home after seven weeks and a few problems. And the connection between Brutus and his infant sibling was immediate. “It was as if Brutus just knew Finn needed some extra careful watching after we came home, and he’s been by his side ever since,” Knudtson added.
They adore each other and spend all of their time together, whether it’s watching TV, playing outside, eating, or napping.
“Brutus frequently cuddles up wherever Finn is sitting and accompanies him throughout our house,” Knudtson added. “If Finn is ill, Brutus recognizes it and just remains at his side or rests his head on Finn’s chest.”
Brutus despises being separated from Finn, even for a little period, and will scratch at the door or pace outside his room until he is let in.
Even at night, the brothers despise being alone.
Finn’s guardian dog used to sleep on the mat in front of the crib when he was a newborn, but now that he’s in a toddler bed, it’s much simpler for the two to snuggle up.
“A little over a month ago, Finn began sleeping in his ‘big boy bed,’ and that is when Brutus began creeping up and sleeping in Finn’s bed every night,” Knudtson added. “As though he was lying close to him to keep him from rolling out of bed.”
Brutus follows Finn everywhere he goes, even if it means being a bit less comfortable. “Finn then began crawling out of his bed and sleeping on his floor,” Knudtson explained, “and naturally Brutus began sleeping next to him there as well.”
Finn will frequently opt to snuggle up with Brutus in his dog bed rather than stay in his own now that Knudtson has brought Brutus’ dog bed into Finn’s room.
With the use of a nanny cam, Knudtson was able to film their beautiful nightly ritual. Finn will take his blanket and jump out of bed to snuggle up close to Brutus if he is sleeping on the floor. As long as his sibling is comfortable, the loving dog doesn’t mind being used as a cushion.
Here’s the link to the charming video:
“Finn sleeps with Brutus all night, every night,” the entire family now expects to see Finn and Brutus cuddled up together when they wake up “Knudtson explained. “The two always sleep together, whether it’s on the dog bed, Finn’s bed, or on the floor.”
Finn has a closest buddy and guardian in Brutus, and Knudtson is excited to watch them grow up together.