The reason we have Beans at all is because she couldn't handle living with kids. But that was almost two years ago, so with her puppy energy behind her, I was hopeful that we could welcome the boys into a family that included Beans. Most of our Chinese friends think we're crazy for having both a dog and kids, but the meet-and-greet-get-to-know-you adjustment has been going well.
Sami is pretty ambivalent to the dog. If we'd let her, she would lick him for an hour straight, and I don't think Sami would mind at all. (We don't let her, of course.)
Micah, on the other hand, has had a few more misgivings about the strange creature that is about the same height as he is. Over the past week, he has progressed from screaming when in her presence to shirking around her to actually initiating interaction with her. I think they'll be best good buds in the near future.
But the boys haven't been the only ones who have had to adjust to having a dog around--Beans has had to adjust too! She's been a little confused as she's been trying to figure out exactly what to make of these two new little things in the house. She's spent some extra time in her closet when we can't wrangle both her and the boys. She's had to share some attention, but I've tried to compensate for that with some extra petting and head scritching. I've literally looked her in the eye once or twice and told her, "You are a valued member of this family." And I'm quite convinced she understood.
On day two, Kevin was almost ready to get rid of her, but if that happened, then I would have to figure out a new way to clean up all the dropped food particles left over from meal times. So if Beans can manage not to destroy all the boys' toys and not to lick them mercilessly every time I turn my back, we're pretty sure we'll be able maintain our current floor cleaning employee.