Denny Ku and his wife were unsure of how their dog, Lilo, would respond when they first brought their new baby, Koa, home. Because the 8-year-old corgi was accustomed to being the only kid, she didn’t particularly express a desire in having a sister while her mother was expecting.
Ku told The Dodo, “We didn’t have any sweet moments where Lilo would lay on my wife’s belly or follow her around. It was almost as if she knew she had to share the attention and wanted some space.”
Lilo initially showered her brother with kisses, as she is accustomed to doing with everyone she encounters.
“But then at one point, Lilo realized this person was here to stay,” Ku added. “She didn’t know how to interact with Koa, so she mainly co-existed with him for the first couple of days.”
The Kus was concerned that Lilo wouldn’t connect with him much over time, but one day Ku discovered a ball in Koa’s bouncer, and Lilo complained to her younger sibling.
Lilo didn’t comprehend her parents’ attempts to explain to the eager puppy that Koa couldn’t play fetch just yet as they laughed.
So occasionally, Ku explained, “So from time to time, instead of bringing us the toy or object, she would just bring it to Koa.”
Lilo bringing Koa her toys can be watched here:
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Lilo quickly introduced each toy in her collection to her brother. She, therefore, decided to show him that anything could serve as a toy if he so desired.
Along with bringing him her favorite stuffed animals, Lilo began tossing objects at Koa, such as toilet paper rolls and her parents’ slippers.
Whatever it was, Lilo would drop the prized toy in her brother’s lap while he was sleeping and give it a gentle push-up with her nose to grab his attention. She would then wait while seated in front of him.
“Lilo stares so intently at Koa like, ‘He’s going to throw it any minute now!’” Ku said.
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Koa, who is just two months old, is still too young to interact with Lilo, but Ku always throws the toy for the eager dog to chase whenever she wants to play.
But Lilo takes her responsibility as a babysitter seriously, so when she’s not giving him toys, the devoted dog is typically found dozing out next to her brother.
Ku stated, “She has so many beds, but would rather sleep on the floor near the bouncer or bassinet. We hope that snuggling is in their future.”
One thing is certain: Lilo can’t wait for her brother to eventually pick up one of her toys and throw it with all of his strength. She still has some time to wait until Koa is old enough to connect with her.
She will continue to relish her role as a big sister while teaching her younger sibling the fundamentals of the most crucial activity in life: play.
Source: The Dodo