This morning as I headed out to the garden with the toddlers, I was struck by the joy my granddaughter expressed as she saw Kai waiting just out side. She ran to him and hugged him as if he had been gone for a long time. Kai is half Siberian Husky and half Chocolate Labrador and belongs to my son who shares him with us. I was not sure what to expect of him as he grew from a puppy to an adult dog. I have read of the Japanese using the Akita breed as playmates for their children. Kai appears to have a similar temperament. I looked up the meaning of the name and it is "sea" in Hawaiian, or "keeper of the keys;earth" in Wales. I think he leans towards the earth.
Later we returned to the porch and they began to play. You can see the loving relationship they have.
It is a blessing to have a dog that adores children.