This is why I love having a pet in the house.
Nelly is super patient and calm and forgiving of the boys’ playtime with her. I still watch them quite closely around her but if she gets tired of their play she usually gets up and asks to go outside.
Sure she is a pain in the butt sometimes, we’re impatient with her when we’re overtired, and she doesn’t get the attention she used to. But there is no way you can convince me that Emery doesn’t love his Nelly!