Dog Gets Up During The Night To Help Put Crying Toddler Back To Sleep
"When he walks in the room, we know she is in good paws and we can all get some more rest."
Almost 2 years ago, the lives of Sara Lebwohl and her husband Zach changed forever. That was when the first-time parents welcomed into the world their newborn daughter Halle.
But as the couple embarked on the journey of parenthood, they soon discovered there was someone eager to help them along the way.
That someone, of course, was their adorable dog Prince.
Even before Halle was born, Prince seemed to understand their family was about to grow. In fact, he rarely left Sara's side, already devoted to the little one on the way.
Then the big day arrived.
“When she first came home, he went right up to her and sniffed her,” Sara told The Dodo. “He knew she was little and fragile. But he always stayed close and kept a very close eye on her. He was truly a nanny dog from the first day.”
Since then, Prince’s dedication to Halle has only grown deeper.
The two of them are simply inseparable — but although they always have a great time together, Prince still clearly sees himself as both playful companion and caretaker.
And it shows.
Halle is now nearly 2 years old, and has begun sleeping in her own room. But, as is often the case for youngsters her age, she still requires some comfort and reassurance in the early morning.
Prince, who usually sleeps in Mom and Dad's room, has always been the first to notice when Halle is seemingly restless. And, without fail, he'd accompany whichever of them got up to attend to Halle during those inconvenient wake-up calls.
Recently, however, Sara and her husband had an idea: What if they left both their bedroom door and Halle's open throughout the night? Would Prince put a fussy Halle back to sleep on his own?
Yes, is the answer — and here's some sweet video to prove it:
"Surprisingly it has worked out well," Sara said. "We crack the door open for him when she gets up, and he walks in to greet her. He has a little routine he does, including rolling around on the ground. Then he will look at her and lay down. The amazing thing is that this calms her, and she goes back to sleep."
The dog's stellar nannying skills have made life better for Halle — and her parents, too.
"Prince has been an unexpected savior, allowing us a bit more precious minutes to hours of sleep. When he walks in the room, we know she is in good paws and we can all get some more rest," Sara said.
Now, everyone's morning is that much happier.
This is just one of the ways that Prince has made life better. Every waking moment is improved by having him around, a faithful companion to those who love him the most. And as Halle grows, there's no doubt he'll continue to share in the joys and challenges that lie ahead.
His favorite little girl wouldn't have it any other way.
"He takes his job as protective big brother very seriously," Sara said. "Our family feels so fortunate to have a dog that is so loving and good-hearted. We are also thankful that Halle adores Prince."