Meet Brutus, a kind bullmastiff who lives with his family in North Carolina and loves his fluffball toy.
Brutus enjoys carrying about the fuzzy yellow object in his mouth, which he refers to as the “fluffball.”
“It’s the only toy that he won’t tear apart in five minutes,” Bonnie Michalek, Brutus’ human, told The Dodo.
Even though Brutus enjoys destroying toys, he is the most devoted and gentle pup.
After Michalek gave birth to her first human child, they had no worries about Brutus getting along with Kayden.
“He’s always loved kids,” Michalek said. “Every time he’s heard kids outside laughing, he gets excited.”
In fact, Brutus was aware of the Michaleks’ impending pregnancy before they were even aware of it.
“Brutus knew I was pregnant before I did — he definitely sensed it before I knew,” Michalek said. “On the nights my husband was working, Brutus refused to be in his crate.”
She recalled: “Looking back, I thought he was just being a brat, but really he was trying to protect me.”
She then invited Brutus inside to see the child. “Brutus completely bypassed my husband to meet Kayden. He immediately wanted to give him kisses and snuggle up to him.”
Brutus hasn’t let Kayden out of his sight since that first day.
Brutus always feels compelled to lend a hand when he overhears Kayden crying. He began bringing Kayden his renowned holy fluffball as a result.
“He grabs his favorite toy to bring it to Kayden to console him!” Michalek said.
Brutus believed that since the fluffball always made him feel happy, it would also be effective for his younger sibling. (There is no need to inform him that milk functions a bit better.)
The future with Kayden is something that the entire family is excited about.
“We go to our cabin every summer, and we go hiking, and Brutus has loved that ever since he was a puppy. I went there as a kid,” Michalek said. “I’m super excited to bring Kayden along.”
Brutus recently discovered that there are other toys available than the fluffball that aren’t even for dogs; maybe, Kayden will return the favor and share.