It has been well established that dogs are humans’ best friends. Not only do they provide us with company, protect us, make us laugh and smile, and sometimes even guide us when we are lost. They can also save our lives from invisible dangers - as one British woman found out.
Keola is a three-year-old American Akita who lives in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She was adopted in 2014 by Alhanna Butler and her fiancé Ricky Burdis. They were excited to have a new addition to their growing family and were ready to spoil her and take lots of pictures of her. They never imagined they were adopting a guardian angel.
Fast forward to a year later, and Keola was fully grown. Ricky and Alhanna couldn’t be happier with her, calling her “their bear.” She was already bigger and heavier than them, but had the gentlest and sweetest temperament. Alhanna loved cuddling with her on the couch while watching TV. Later that year, their happy family welcomed some big news.
In April of 2015, Alhanna announced she was pregnant to the surprise and delight of their friends and relatives. Keola was always good with children and seemed excited by the prospect of a bigger family. Alhanna had no doubt she would make a great big sister. But soon she would discover that something wasn’t right.