You never really know for sure how they will be around kids until you test it, and tonight, they passed the test. Let me paint the picture...
We had 3 families over for a BBQ tonight and there were lots of kids. A 6 week old baby, a 7 week old baby, an 18 month old, a 2 1/2 year old, and a 4 year old.
I looked out the kitchen window on the deck to see the 4 year old RIDING Watson. Like feet off the ground, hanging on to his fur, full on riding him like a horse. Don't worry, we're not going to rent out the dogs for pony rides, but it was nice to see that they didn't mind.
Here's a pic after Watson got tired and laid down, you can see Parker still feet over both sides sitting on him giving him a big bear hug.
Later, you could find Mylie with her head on the knee of my friend Neena as her 2 1/2 year old feeds Mylie chips. Mylie took each chip gently out of Ava's hands while Ava giggled.
Now for the infants, Mylie and Watson basically left them alone, except for a couple of feet licks from Watson, just to say hello.
Later that evening, the older three kids chased Mylie and Watson around the yard. I'm not sure who had more fun, the dogs or the kids. Mylie and Watson were rolling in the grass, chasing each other and the kids, and having a great time.
It makes me so happy to see the dogs interact with little kids, because in less than 3 months they will have a little brother. Let's hope he doesn't mind having hit feet licked!