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The dog disliked our newborn but I wanted to keep both. Was there any hope?
By Steve Annear, Globe Staff
July 24, 2018

The ultimatum came within days of us arriving home with our daughter in April: Train the dog to chill out and relax around our newborn, or he's got to go — no ifs, ands, or buts, my fiancée proclaimed. "He's out," she said.

Although I've never doubted her love for Rio, a 5-year-old Blue Heeler-Shepherd mix we saved from a kill shelter in Arkansas several years ago, her stance was clear.

As I lovingly stared down into my first child's dark-brown eyes (I'm talking about the dog), I contemplated our dilemma. This was going to be a lot of work.

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