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

Strange Pains

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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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.

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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.

More Warning Signs

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Then, Ricky started to notice Keola getting really upset when Alhanna left for work in the morning. She would bark incessantly, something she had never done before. It was as if she was afraid something would happen to Alhanna when Keola wasn’t there to protect her. Ricky and Alhanna couldn’t put a finger on the reason for this strange change, until they posted a picture on Facebook.

Time To Take It Seriously

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Keola’s weird behavior started escalating. She would nudge Alhanna, cry, and stare at her for long periods of time. “I posted a picture of her doing this on Facebook and made the joke about the film Hachi where the dog also does this and suddenly my friends all started saying I should take it seriously.” That’s when the couple realized maybe she was trying to tell them something.

Back To The Hospital

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Alhanna decided to take Keola’s actions as a warning, and headed back to the hospital for another check-up. After the examination, she was immediately rushed into intensive care. The couple was shocked when doctors told them she had been just moments away from certain death. Finally, Alhanna learned the truth about her backaches.

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