Many parents know that beloved pets have to be introduced to babies with care. After all, it’s not always possible to predict what kind of bond an animal and a child will share. And as it happens, some families find themselves having to guard their infants until animals get used to new arrivals.
In this way, when one couple had a daughter named Keira, their Boston Terrier Humphrey also needed to adjust to getting a new human sister. Luckily for the parents, however, the dog seemed to eventually have warmed to the idea of having a sibling. In fact, a video uploaded to YouTube suggests Humphrey adores Keira so much that he’s reluctant to leave her side.
But it’s perhaps no surprise that Humphrey took to Keira, since Boston Terriers are renowned for being affectionate. The breed has even earned the nickname of “The American Gentleman.” On the flip side, though, these dogs are also prone to periods of stubbornness – as Humphrey’s owner found out to her chagrin.
Still, Humphrey more clearly demonstrates his mischievous side at the start of the YouTube clip. At first, he sits on the family bed; when mom comes along, however, the arrant canine leaps straight into little Keira’s crib, his two front paws hanging over the edge.
But Keira doesn’t seem to mind that a furry intruder has invaded her space, as she starts to giggle. And, for a moment, Keira’s mom laughs, too, at Humphrey taking up residence in the crib. Soon after, though, the dog’s owner starts to encourage him to leave her daughter alone.
“Get out of there. Get out of her crib!” Keira’s mother tells Humphrey, albeit lightheartedly. And at first, it seems as if the pup is obeying her commands, as he chooses instead to jump onto the floor and manically run around. Perhaps that fabled Boston Terrier stubbornness kicks in at this point, however.
That’s because, after a few seconds of racing through the bedroom at high speed, Humphrey bounces back onto the adults’ bed and then into the crib. And Keira starts to giggle yet again when she sees him beside her once more. “Who’s that goofy dog? Why is he in your crib?” Keira’s mom asks her.
The parent also describes Humphrey as “crazy” as he stands upright in the crib with his paws resting on its side. Keira, meanwhile, continues to seemingly find the whole situation absolutely hilarious. And she laughs even louder when the naughty dog gives her a lick on the face.
No matter how many times Keira’s mom tells Humphrey to “get out” of the crib, though, he simply refuses to listen; it seems as if the frenzied canine doesn’t want to leave his human buddy’s side. Instead, he just spins around in the baby bed and then settles down into an even cozier position.
Indeed, Humphrey appears to make himself as comfortable as possible, sitting on a blanket right next to Keira. And Keira is apparently equally happy with this arrangement; judging from the delight on the little girl’s face, she enjoys the pup’s company just as much as he likes hers.
In fact, a smiling Keira gives Humphrey a few pets, during which the dog remains perfectly calm. Humphrey even maintains his composure with the baby when she starts gently tugging on his ears. And, all the while, the Boston Terrier remains in his position in the crib, despite his owner’s best efforts to get him to move.
“Humphrey, get out of there! Come on, Humphrey, come on, bud,” Keira’s mom goes on to say. The persistent terrier continues to stand his ground, though, and acts as though he doesn’t comprehend what his owner is telling him. And, apparently, this type of behavior is nothing new for the dog.
“Okay, well he’s not listening,” the adult remarks. “Not a surprise.” And it seems that she eventually decides to admit defeat, as the video ends with the dog and baby still very much cuddled up together in the crib.
The sweet and funny clip was originally posted to YouTube in May 2013; since then, it has been viewed more than four million times. The video has garnered its fair share of attention outside of the site, too, with other media outlets subsequently choosing to share the adorable footage.
And after the video spread further, several people have commented on the interaction between Keira and Humphrey. One person said, for example, “They obviously love each other and have a bond that has started to grow and will only become stronger. Great for them both! Much happiness for all.” Meanwhile, another individual added that it looked as though Humphrey was “protecting that baby.”
Humphrey and Keira aren’t the only baby and Boston Terrier duo to show up on YouTube, though. Indeed, there are a number of other clips on the site that document members of that breed interacting with children; one of them features a dog clearly amusing an infant by walking on its hind legs. There’s even a compilation video dedicated to showing Boston Terriers nuzzling and playing with young kids.
And in the wake of the success of the crib recording, Keira’s mother uploaded further home videos depicting the friendship between her daughter and her dog. One of these shows Keira as a toddler, taking Humphrey on a walk through the park. Another, however, proves that not much had changed for the family in one key respect.
That’s because a video shared on the KeiraAndHumphrey YouTube channel in October 2014 shows Humphrey sitting in Keira’s crib once again as she reads to him and her parents. In the clip, he’s seen curled up happily beside the young girl. And this time, Humphrey’s owners don’t even try to convince him to get out.
But none of the later videos uploaded to the KeiraAndHumphrey channel have been as popular as the original footage of Humphrey refusing to get out of the crib. What’s more, Keira’s mother would go on to update viewers on the cute pair’s relationship. In particular, she explained that even though they are both older now, they remain as close as can be.
Keira’s mom revealed, “Keira and Humphrey’s bond is going strong! They are inseparable! It is a blast to see a child and a dog be best buds!” She added, however, “And no, he still does NOT listen. Haha!” It sounds, then, as if the chaos-causing canine still hasn’t grown out of his stubborn streak.