The more and more pregnant I become, the more my dog becomes a leech. In a good way, of course. Now that I’m 17 weeks pregnant, I feel like I can’t go anywhere without her following me.
I know that she has started to sense that something is going on. I remember reading a forum when I first pregnant and so many girls asked about how other people’s pets had been acting towards them. I could never relate, and quite frankly, wondered if my dog would ever get to that level of sensing that I’m pregnant.
Well, she has gotten to that level.
It started a couple of weeks ago. She just seemed a lot more protective of me and she wanted to be anywhere that I was. Even when I would leave the house to go run an errand, her would put her tail down and walk away looking so sad. It made me feel so bad for her.
Talk about separation anxiety!
When Tarzan stayed at home while I ran errands, she wouldn’t go anywhere near him. She would lay on the floor in our bedroom staring at the garage door, just waiting for me to come home. As soon as I came home, she would get so excited and jump around. She was a whole new dog.
This morning she was being really whiny, which isn’t really like her at all. Her “spot” is on the couch, on my favorite leopard blanket. We share it, I guess.
My laptop was about dead, so I had to go sit at the island in the kitchen so it could charge. She started crying (it sounds like we are talking about a baby, instead of a dog, right?), so I put her down. She came over by me and then Tarzan took her outside. I put her on the couch by him and she wanted off. He put her on her regular couch and she wanted down.
There was just no satisfying her!
I went over to her and immediately she laid down and seemed to relax. Then I walked back to the island and she started whining again. Poor little girl. I knew she just wanted to be next to me, so I put her on my lap while in the kitchen. She slept and was totally happy.
After about an hour, my legs were falling asleep and I needed to get down. It looked like she wanted to go outside, so I opened the back door. She went out, but just stood right by the door. Then I went out with her and she was fine.
Strange dog we have, but I love her. Tarzan and I have spoiled her over the years. She’s just the most fantastic dog ever and we’ll be doing all we can to make the transition to having a baby easy on her. If you know any tips to make it easier, please pass them onto us. We could use the help!
I truly believe that our dog thinks that she is protecting my pregnant belly. It’s so cute and I love that she’s become protective over me. I guess now I’m a believer that dogs can and do sense pregnancy. There’s really no other explanation for how she’s been acting lately. At times she’ll even lay her head right by my belly.
Has your dog/cat been acting more clingy to you? Do you think that animals can sense pregnancy?
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