"Sibling" Rivalry

Zane and Raz have something of a complex relationship. The two of them are always jockeying for attention from dad or mom, trying to push the other aside. Sometimes Zane gets upset when we bring Raz along on a drive, going so far as to saying he thinks Raz should “die.” Pretty tough words from a four year old. On our hike the other day I whistled to call the dog back and Zane told me to stop it, that he wanted Raz to get lost. “Why don’t we just give him to someone else?” I offered. “No, I want him to get lost and not come back.” And then there are times (fewer, but still) where they are friends, when Zane wants the dog to come along on a hike or the two of them play ball in the family room for a half hour: Raz reluctantly and grudgingly giving the ball to Zane and Zane being more than a bit rough in throwing the ball at the dog.

Oh, as an aside, last night while playing in the family room Zane mentioned that we needed to get a baby. That he needed it for dressing it, or something like that. So, if anyone wants to trade a, say, two year old baby for a two year old dog drop us a line…