Tiger Woods can now add fatherhood to his long list of accomplishments. On June 18th, 2007, Tiger Woods and wife Elin Nordegren, along with their two other canine children Yogi, a Labradoodle, and Taz, a Border Collie, welcomed their first daughter Sam Alexis into the world. Although Sam Alexis’ arrival interrupted Woods’ PGA tour, forcing him to drop out of the tournament early, Woods doesn’t seem to mind in the least, he’s said, “Family always comes first. It always has been in my life and always will.”
With Sam Alexis in the picture, does this mean Woods’ pooches, Yogi and Taz, will still be included as an integral part of the family dynamics? For Woods to incorporate his pups in the family fun while simultaneously helping them adapt to a new baby-friendly environment, there are important procedures to remember. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) suggests spaying or neutering Yogi and Taz, which decreases health issues and keeps them calm around the baby. They also recommend animals have vaccinations and nail trims to keep babies safe while playing together. To familiarize dogs with a new baby, the family can play recordings of a crying baby before the infant arrives home. This helps animals acclimate to the different loud sound. The most important thing Woods can do for his dogs is regularly interact with them, so they still feel loved.
By looking at Woods’ discipline and legendary golf career, there’s no doubt he will succeed with incorporating cohabitation between his dogs and Sam Alexis, ultimately creating a loving and content home environment. After all, both Woods’ family life and career have always been interchangeable. Starting at age six-months-old, he began imitating his father playing golf. Throughout his youth Woods’ beloved father, the late Earl Woods, trained his son to become one of the greatest golfers in history. Woods has won over 80 golf tournaments and he also was the first golfer to hold all four professional major championships in the same year.
With these credentials, it’s no wonder Woods feels confident being a role model to his new daughter. “I think it’s an honor to be a role model to another person. If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person’s life in a positive light,” he said. Woods’ wife, new daughter, and dogs scored a hole in one when they settled into a secure domestic life with this winning family man.
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