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The Trials and Joys of Being a Furry Big Sis







While I don’t necessarily consider myself a dog’s mom, our trusty Luna thinks of herself as the biggest sister. Since I’ve been writing serious and contentious posts lately, she advised that we write something more upbeat for a change. So without further ado, I’ll hand it over to Luna to pictorially discuss her journey from only puppy to big sister:

Lu puppy cute
Me as a baby


Hi Grounded Parents readers! My name is Luna, as you know from my mom. I’ll fill you in on the rest. I’m sharing my story in the hopes of internet doggy fame, and to instill optimism in all pups with new baby siblings. So here goes!

Me and K young

In the beginning it was just me and her. We were like two peas in a pod. We did everything together!

 Me and K


A little while later, she met her future husband. We fell madly in love. He was my new best friend.

Me and big J youngWe did everything together.

Lu JesseAnd we looked good the whole time.


We were three peas in a pod. Needless to say, we were having lots of fun! They called me their Baby Girl, and lots of other silly names like, “Lulu Pachulia,” “Lunio,” “Lippy Lu,” and “Kudos.”

We were three

We went to the park every day, laughed, and had dance parties.

Tucked me inThey even tucked me in every night.


Fast forward awhile, and they got married (ah, young love!) Shortly thereafter, she was pregnant. I didn’t really know what that meant although they tried to explain it.  Smelling baby AOne day they left home, and my dad came back with a little blanket that smelled new, and made me feel apprehensive but hopeful.

And I was ignoredBut my hope turned to disappointment when a wriggly, loud, boring creature came home. I felt so ignored! Everything revolved around her.


My folks kept apologizing for neglecting me but sometimes in their sleep-deprived frustration they’d say, “stop being dramatic.” I admit, I moped and slept a lot. They loved their new Baby Girl, but were going through more than baby blues.

Meeting my sisAll I wanted to do was get close to her, but baby A was too little. Life seemed like a dreary, endless tunnel for all of us.

napping with sis

Our days started blending into nights. Mom was lonely and going through the paradox of simultaneous new fathoms of love, yet feeling so unfulfilled and lonely. I just wanted everyone to feel normal again.



As the days wore on, things started looking up. Slowly but surely, my boring little lump was growing! I got to know her a little better.

sniff sniff I sniffed…

sniff…and sniffed…



And before I knew it, we were two peas in a pod!! We cuddled and laughed together, shared beds, went to the park, and used our sonic screwdriver….

Did everything collage

I always looked out for my sister:

Help you walkI made sure she didn’t fall when unsteady…


Eat sticks togetherTaste tested all sticks and snacks…

I am yoursAnd generally belonged to her and her alone!

Next time mom was pregnant, we were all less apprehensive. When my baby brother came along, we knew what to expect! I waited very patiently to get to know him.

Meeting baby JI spent my time watching and protecting him (although I really wanted to play!)

sitting JThey kept reassuring me, saying I was a good girl.

My patience and optimism paid off! I knew he would grow into a fun, cuddly, and playful guy, which is exactly what he did.

J collage


It has been a long journey so far from only puppy to big sister. We’ve had some rough patches, but we get through this journey together, and we’re always there for each other. My snout has greyed, but my family keeps me young at heart. We’re a big, happy family. You could say we’re like five peas in a pod! And that’s what love is all about….


Five peas in a pod!
Five peas in a pod!


Love and kisses,

Luna  Grey snout



All images © 2014 Kavin Senapathy

Kavin Senapathy

Kavin Senapathy is a mom of two, co-Executive Director of March Against Myths, public speaker, Forbes contributor and author in Madison, WI. She is also co-author of "The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari's Glass House". Follow her on Facebook and twitter @ksenapathy

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  1. Great story and pictures! Our cats sort of ignore our son for the moment. We will see how it goes once he starts being a bit more interactive.

  2. I just have tears in my eyes from how adorable this is! I have two cats that we’ve neglected this year too…but they’re cats so I think they’re OK with that, haha.

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