Paige Knudtson rescued Brutus, a 2-year-old boxer, from a local shelter shortly after learning she was pregnant with Finn. Knudtson had grown up with boxers and understood how kind they could be. But she could never have predicted how important the dog would become in her baby’s life.
Knudtson told The Dodo, “Brutus is just a gigantic teddy bear.” “He craves attention and enjoys cuddling with others.”
An anatomy scan indicated a significant cardiac abnormality when Knudtson was 20 weeks pregnant with Finn. Finn endured a series of operations shortly after birth until he was able to have open-heart surgery. “We were really fortunate to have discovered this before his birth, or he would not be with us now,” Knudtson added.
Finn was finally able to return home after seven weeks and a few issues. And when Brutus met his baby sibling, he felt an instant connection. “It was as if Brutus just knew Finn needed some extra close watching once we came home, and he has been by his side ever since,” Knudtson added.
They adore each other and spend every moment together, whether they are watching TV, playing outside, eating, or snoozing.
“Brutus frequently curls up wherever Finn is sitting in our house and follows him from room to room,” Knudtson explained. “If Finn is sick, Brutus recognizes it and simply stays at Finn’s side or rests his head on Finn’s chest.”
Brutus hates being separated from Finn for even a moment, and will scratch at the door to Finn’s room or pace outside it until he is let in.
The brothers despise being alone at night.
When Finn was a baby, the guardian dog slept on the rug in front of the crib, and now that Finn has graduated to a toddler bed, the two can snuggle up much more easily.
“Finn only started sleeping in his ‘big boy bed’ about a month ago, and that’s when Brutus began creeping up and sleeping in Finn’s bed every night,” Knudtson explained. “It was almost as if he was lying next to him to keep him from rolling out of bed.”
Brutus follows Finn wherever he goes, even if it means being a little less comfortable. “Finn then began climbing out of his bed and sleeping on his floor,” Knudtson explained. “Naturally, Brutus began sleeping next to him there as well.”
Now that Knudtson has relocated Brutus’ dog bed into Finn’s room, Finn will frequently prefer to snuggle up with Brutus in his bed rather than stay in his own.
Knudtson recently used a nanny cam to record their adorable bedtime routine. Finn will grab his blanket and climb 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 pillow.
You can watch the endearing video here:
“Finn sleeps with Brutus all night, every night,” the entire family now expects to wake up to find Finn and Brutus snuggled up together: “Finn sleeps with Brutus all night, every night, “According to Knudtson. “The two always sleep together, whether in the dog bed, Finn’s bed, or on the floor.”
Knudtson is overjoyed that Finn now has a best friend and guardian in Brutus, and he can’t wait to see them grow up together.
h/t: The DoDo