Before Ava was born, we were very curious about how the dogs would react to the baby. Luckily we had nothing to worry about, because Stella and Louie love their little sister :).
To prepare for bringing Ava home, Josh brought one of her blankets from the hospital back to house when he made a trip home. We had also read that it is best for the "Pack Leader"...aka Josh...to bring in the baby in the door. So, when we got home, I came in first and Josh waited a few minutes so the dogs could calm down a bit. Then he brought in their new sister.
The dogs were very curious about what Dad brought home! It was so sweet to see them with her.
Things have gone very well with the dogs since that initial meeting. Stella smells Ava on occasion, and pretty much just leaves her alone. On the other hand, Louie is super protective of her and wants to know where Ava is at all times. He comes into the nursery with me at night when I nurse her, and sits at my feet the whole time. He also gets very concerned when Ava cries, and even comes to find me if I am in the other room.
I can't wait to see Ava interact with her "siblings" as she gets older :).