Pregnant Mom’s Puzzled When Dog Won’t Stop Barking, Doesn’t Realize It’s Trying To Save Her

New Puppy In The House

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.

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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.

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All Grown Up

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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.

Baby On The Way

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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.

Strange Pains

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A few months into her pregnancy, Alhanna started experiencing severe pain in her lower back. She went to the doctor, who informed her they were probably just side effects from the pregnancy. After all, a growing abdomen can cause a strain to the spine and back muscles, so it made sense she would feel some pain. Relieved, she returned home. But someone else in her household was not convinced.

Dog Behaving Oddly

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Alhanna began to notice Keola acting odd around her, but couldn’t figure out why. “When the doctors sent me home and said there was nothing seriously wrong, she just sat staring at me so intently that it really scared me,” she explained to Mercury Press. She tried to shrug it off, but Keola’s behavior only became stranger as time went by.

Not Acting Like Herself

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Having always been a very laid-back dog, Keola was now becoming increasingly pushy. Alhanna began to worry that these changes had something to do with her pregnancy. Perhaps the dog was upset about no longer being the primary focus of attention. If she was truly jealous of their baby, they would have to give her up. Alhanna fretted just at the thought of it.

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