When you find out you’re pregnant, you can go through a rush of emotions. You may be happy or scared or an array of other emotions. As your pregnancy advances, you experience pain, sickness, discomfort and other familiar things that often are associated with pregnancy. One woman in Britain first thought she wasn’t pregnant, and got the shock of her life….thanks to her dog. That was just the beginning of this dog’s tale!
18. Dog Saves Woman’s Life
A young British woman believes she has the best dog in all of the United Kingdom. The clever pup detected that her owner was pregnant. Alhanna Butler had taken a pregnancy test earlier in the day after having the symptoms but it came back negative. She and her husband Ricky threw the test in the trash thinking it was a fluke.
17. Keola Brings Them the Test
However, a short time later, their American Akita named Keola retrieved the test from the trash. and showed it to the surprised couple. Keola was trying to tell her something. Could it be that she was really pregnant? The couple was left in wonder at the dog’s actions.
16. Could It Be?
“I grabbed it and saw a faint second line – I couldn’t believe it. I showed Ricky straight away and said Keola was saying I was pregnant, but he said the line was too faint and it was just coincidence so we binned it again,” she said. But Keola seemed to just know!
“The next day, I went to buy a more expensive test and it said I was two weeks pregnant. I told Ricky by writing a note as if it was written by Keola and attaching it to her collar for him to read. We were both over the moon and we realized that Keola was truly a special dog who could detect things that we couldn’t.”
14. By Her Side
Keola had alerted them she would soon be a big sister, but she wasn’t done looking out for her family. When Alhanna was 18 weeks pregnant, she just didn’t feel well. Keola would stay by her side, monitoring her when she was getting sick in the bedroom.
13. Doctors Said There Was Nothing Wrong
Eventually, Alhanna started experiencing very serious back pain in addition to sickness. She went to the hospital but saw a midwife who said she was just having a hard time dealing with being pregnant. The midwife felt that Alhanna’s back pain was just due to her small frame.
12. Dr. Keola to the Rescue
But Dr. Keola seemed to know that wasn’t right. Some dogs have a sixth sense about illness, with some pups even diagnosing cancer. When Alhanna returned home, Keola continued to cry and stare at her, acting like something was wrong.
11. Just Like Hachi?
Alhanna was confused, and she shared a picture of Keola staring at her intently, posting it to her Facebook account. Writing about the situation, she said: “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 shared a picture of her dog and friends said to take it seriously.
10. Near Death
Alhanna’s mother Amanda called to tell her that the dog must be telling her something was wrong. Alhanna rushed to the hospital, where she collapsed in the hallway. She was near death. What would happen to the baby and Alhanna? What had Keola sensed that doctors hadn’t?
9. Intensive Care
It turned out Alhanna was very sick with an antibiotic-resistant infection that had infected both kidneys. The rare virus would have killed her if she had not come to the hospital right away. She was in intensive care for two weeks, as doctors worked round the clock to make a one-of-a-kind antibiotic. Finally, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
8. Viral Thank You Video
Alhana made a thank you video to her beloved dog. It went viral on social media. Nearly 5 million people had watched the video about Keola, Alhanna, and Lincoln. Alhanna, who herself is a healthcare assistant, said: “I have absolutely no doubt that both me and Lincoln would not be here today if it wasn’t for Keola.”
7. Incredible Dog
“It was incredible. She knew I was seriously ill when no one else did and she made sure she told me. Whenever I went out of the house, Ricky said she would cry and pace around and she had never done this before. She would follow me around when I was sick and sit staring at me.”
6. “Listen to Your Dog”
Alhanna remembers the moment when her mom called to tell her, “Listen to your dog, she is trying to tell you something.” Mom was right and the dog — plus mom’s advice — turned out to save two lives. “She is the most amazing dog and I owe her my life,” added Alhanna.
5. Keola Stole Their Hearts
When Alhanna and Ricky were looking for a dog, they wanted an Akita because they heard that the dogs were highly intelligent. They went to a local breeder in June of 2014, when they were interested in adopting her brother. But Keola stole their hearts! Who blames them?
4. “Trying to Tell Us Something”
The Butler family believes Keola chose them for her forever family. The couple started trying to have a baby eight months later, but they were having no luck. “They just kept coming up negative. One day I had binned a negative test and gone out shopping. When we returned, Keola had gone through the bin and had got the pregnancy test out of the bin. She had never touched the bins before so it was very odd. She was sat with it in front of her like she was trying to tell us something.”
Now the baby and the dog are inseparable. The baby’s name is Lincoln. He’s happy and healthy. Keola was even recognized for her heroics at the Animal Hero Awards.
2. Lincoln and Keola
Lincoln and Keola are quite a pair. Alhanna says that people questioned whether they would keep Keola and she said, of course! “She loved him before any of us did – it was her who knew about him first. She loved him before he even knew she existed and she would rest her head on my tummy.” Also, Keola is a hero!
1. Best Friends
Keola is a fierce protector of Lincoln. She spends all her time by the little guy’s side. This isn’t even uncommon as Akita’s are known in Japan for “babysitting” and was devoted to their charges. Thanks to Keola’s instinct and love, Mom and baby are doing just fine and she has a new playmate!