-- Her Dog Didn't Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why

You might've heard from pet owners, if you aren't one yourself; that our little furry friends can recognize a lot of things we humans don't even notice. Whether it be a dog or a cat or any other animal, they seem to have something similar to a sixth sense to pick up the slightest change in vibes and energy. This is how sometimes they tell us of things we don't even see coming. And this is exactly how little Keola saved her owner, Alhanna Butler.
When they learned of her pregnancy, both Alhanna and her fiance Ricky were overjoyed. But Keola began acting weird around her mistress when she was almost four months into her pregnancy. Alhanna didn't really dig much into her puppy's actions and ignored her. That was, until she realized the reasons behind Keola always pawing her overgrown belly.

Becoming Parents Was Alhanna's and Ricky's Biggest Dream

Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
When Alhanna and Ricky met, it was nothing short of love at first sight. They knew that they were meant to be together. And more than that, they wanted to grow old together and start a family. This led them to decide to try for a baby.
Although at first it felt like their dream would just be a dream as Alhanna failed to conceive, but then one day they found out their doubts were wrong. They got the news they wanted to hear so much - Alhanna was finally expecting!
Their tiny family was starting to grow, but they both had another baby to keep in mind...Alhanna's little furry friend.

Alhanna Was Not the Only One Excited That She Was Gonna Be a Mom, Keola Was Too!

Keola, Alhanna and Ricky's other family member recognized pretty fast what was going on! The American Akia knew that her mom was pregnant. Although Keola was always a sweet and cuddly furball, seeing her mom in the state she was in made her even more caring and kind.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
She was always at her mommy's side, tending to her needs in her own way as day by day Alhanna's belly swelled up. Instead of her usual outdoor night trips, Keola started preffering relaxing on the couch in the evening with her head rested on her owner's growing belly.
But soon, her tender behavior started changing.

Keola Started Acting Strangely Towards Her Mom

When Alhanna became four months pregnant, her dog started acting oddly around her. The usually caring and mushy Keola disappeared and turned into something completely different, whimpering at Alhanna's belly. This went on for hours every single day as she kept pawing to the place she once laid her head on.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Once, Keola even tried to bury her nose like she wanted to get something out of her mom's belly. But the couple tried to ignore their pup's unusual behavior.
Only if they knew what their little animal friend was trying to tell them was more than just important. It was alarming. 

But Alhanna Didn't Seem to Have Any Problems With Her Pregnancy at All

Being pregnant truly brought Alhanna joy. She was also lucky that she never had any problems to deal with in these four weeks of pregnancy. Everything seemed more than just normal...it was ideal! She and her loving fiance couldn't wait to meet their bundle of joy. And by the looks of it, all things were going so smoothly that dealing with the rest of the pregnancy period was gonna be a piece of cake.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
But Keola didn't seem as excited anymore and was still acting weird. The couple dismissed her poking at Alhanna's belly as just being a phase.
Only if it was 'just a phase'...It was something a whole lot scarier.

Alhanna Started Experiencing Dreadful Pains

Everything was going perfect until Alhanna hit her 16th week of pregnancy. She started experiencing sharp and dreadful pains in her lower back. This left her barely able to walk or even talk. As anyone would think in this scenario, Alhanna began wondering and imaging for the worst...was her baby really okay? Would everything turn out alright? Or would her and Ricky's dream of becoming parents be stripped away from them?
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Alhanna was taken to the hospital quickly. They both prayed that everything would be normal and they would live out their dream of becoming parents.

Alhanna Was Aadmitted to the Hospital

Ricky rushed his love to the hospital as fast as he could, where a doctor examined Alhanna right away. To the couple's relief, both the baby and Alhanna seemed fine.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Although they were expecting some scary news, the doctors just told Alhanna to get plenty of rest and care for her body, as the pregnancy might be taking a toll on her. They said everything would be fine if she just rested until their baby came into the world, so Alhanna and Ricky went home and did exactly that.
But something was still out of the ordinary...

The Parents-to-be Were Both Relieved and Tired When They Got Home

Comforted by the news of everything being normal, Ricky and Alhanna came home. They were happy that the baby was healthy and just wanted to relax after dealing with the dread of what could have been wrong.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Alhanna still had the sharp pains but she was not worried anymore as she was before. She tried to deal with the pain by trying to sleep and cuddling with her fur baby after she got home.

Updating Facebook

After resting, Alhanna went to Facebook to update what was happening in her life so her friends and family would know. She made a detailed post of all that had happened in the past few days, and how her doctor had told her not to be scared. She also added that although she and her baby were fine, her other baby Keola didn't stop being strange.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Alhanna got tons of support from everyone who saw the update. She also got many people urging her to go get everything checked once more and trust what Keola was trying to convey to her. Soon enough, Alhanna also started feeling like maybe indeed there was something she was missing.

Was Keola Really Picking up on Something She Wasn't Noticing? 

Alhanna was really confused now. She was exhausted for the past few days and didn't want to irritate her doctor and insist that something is off, when the medical staff had already stated that everything was normal.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
But the pains didn't stop, and as time passed Alhanna was slowly starting to see that Keola might be right after all. She had been acting strange for some time now. Was she really trying to warn her mother of something that was coming?

Alhanna's Mom Steps into the Picture

By now, Alhanna didn't know what to do at all. Caught between her friends and family pressuring her to see a doctor again and not wanting to upset her doctor, Alhanna was very baffled on what would be the best course of action to take. But someone stepped in and helped her decide to indeed get another check-up, and it was no one other than Alhanna's mom.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Alhanna's mom believed that her daughter's furbaby wasn't just acting odd for no reason. So she convinced Alhanna that it might not be just a coincidence. But still Alhanna decided to go to work and ignore the pain, until Keola decided to step in her way.

The Over-Protective Pup Stepped into Her Way and Blocked the Door so Mommy Wouldn't Be Able to Leave!

The next morning Alhanna, still acting tough, got all dressed up and headed out to work. When she was just by the door, Keola jumped in. She wouldn't let her lady step out, jumping, barricading the door, whining or doing whatever it took to stop Alhanna. 
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Alhanna was wondering what had gotten into Keola so early in the day, and then she collapsed. Ricky saw what happened and rushed Alhanna to the emergency room.

Keola Was Indeed Right All Along

Finally in the hospital, Alhanna was given a series of tests to determine if there was a serious underlying cause of her pain or just pregnancy stress as previously suggested. Alhanna was stabilized and asked for an explanation on what had happened, even though she didn't say she was there partially because of her dog wanting her to be there.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
As they waited for the results, both the couple and Alhanna's mom wondered if Keola was right.
And she was right indeed, as the test results confirmed that the news was not good.

Alhanna Had Double Kidney Infection

But the good news was that Alhanna's pain was not imagined up, it was real.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
And even though she was scared to death of her unborn child's life, she could be treated and would eventually get well.

Treatment in the Hospital

Alhanna's doctor started her treatment as quickly as possible as the risk was far too great if there was more delay. Not only would Alhanna end up losing her child, but she could also lose her own life. The medical staff put her on a serious course of antibiotics and advised the necessary care required to prevent further damage her body and kidneys. 
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Although now in good hands at a very good time, Alhanna still feared over the possibility of losing her pregnancy.
And her unborn baby wasn't the only one she was worried about. She couldn't stop thinking of her furry companion back at home.

Alhanna Gets Well

After an awful and distressing week, Alhanna finished her regimen of strong antibiotics and got loads of rest. Eventually she got well, being monitored by her doctor the entire time. Thankfully, everything worked out and both she and the baby were fine. With the infection completely cleared up and all things back to normal, Alhanna could finally be relaxed.

Now all that remained for her and Ricky was to anticipate the arrival of their young one, which was gonna occur soon enough!

Alhanna and Ricky Become Parents to a Precious Baby Boy

The couple was so overwhelmed! They finally fulfilled their dreams of becoming parents. And though they went through such a scary time and their dream was almost shattered, there was Lincoln, happy and healthy as he could be! They couldn't be more grateful for Keola.

Finally, Keola was able to meet the little child she was so desperately trying to protect for so long.

Welcoming Lincoln into His New Home

After spending a few days in the hospital, Ricky and Alhanna were so excited to go home, mostly to introduce their new little family member to Keola. Although Alhanna always loved Keola, the past few days had changed her love for her dog into something even more intense.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Alhanna kept thinking back on how Keola tried to save her so many times and didn't give up trying to protect Alhanna even after she completely dismissed her behavior. Alhanna didn't know how to express what she now felt for the little pup, and if she could ever repay her for what she had done for her.

Keola Loves Her Baby Brother as Much as Her Mom

The couple came home with the newest addition to their family. Keola was just as excited to meet the boy as were the others! When she realized mom and dad returned home with her little brother, she was ecstatic! And nothing could beat her joy.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Just as they came back home, it was like Keola had fallen for Lincoln! She never left his side and stayed by him like she had known him since forever.
Read below and see the beautiful couple along with baby Lincoln and furbaby Keola - along with the much-deserved award she was given!

Keola Never Left Lincoln Alone

From the second Lincon was brought home, he had gotten a best friend who never left his side.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Be it naptime or playtime, both Keola and Lincoln were always together. It was like she had known him for centuries.

Fiercely Over-Protective But Gentle at Heart

Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Seeing the two together made the people around them even more sure that animals indeed had some sort of sixth sense of psychic abilities.

Growing up With Keola

Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
It was evident from how they treated each other that they had a connection like no other!

Going for Walks!

What's even more astonishing and cute is that Keola knows whenever its time to go out!

Whenever Alhanna starts dressing her son, Keola starts jumping up and down, always excited to go on a trip with her favorite humans.

Napping with Your Best Friend is Also a Good Past-Time

It's obvious that they share a soul connection. But it's not just their parents who think they're bond is special, everyone else around them also seems to think the same thing anytime they see them together.

Not only did they think of their connection as special but apparently someone noticed how special was Keola on her own too.
...and nominated her for an award!

Keola Gets an Award


Not only did she get to attend the ceremony with Alhanna and Ricky and receive an award, but she also got tons of dog treats just like she deserved!

If Happiness Had a Face...

Lincoln sure is small, but he understands more than well how special his bond with his furry friend is. And everyone believes that it will only grow with time into something stronger and deeper.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Seeing all these photos, it's hard to even think how things would be if Keola didn't warn her mommy of the condition she was in. But now both baby and mommy are happy and healthy! And their smile says more than words can ever convey.

Lincoln is Happy and Growing 

Lincoln is a toddler now, and growing up fast! And his parents often think back to how the incident that happened in between Alhanna's pregnancy could've claimed the lives of both their child and Alhanna herself.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Thinking back, they always find themselves more than just grateful for Keola and they think its a blessing their son was saved and is healthy today. Not only is their son well, but is thriving alongside someone like Keola. What more could they ask for?

The Parents Often Think Back on How Things Might've Gone so Wrong...

Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Their story conveys a very strong message to us, that if our pets pick up on something, we should listen to it. Sometimes they recognize things we don't even know and it is best for us to trust their intuition over ours.

Do Dogs Really Have a Sixth Sense?

Animals, especially dogs, can tell many things about their surroundings and owners. They have many ways but the one that stands out the most is their sense of smell.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Some of the fluffballs have as high as 50 times the amount of receptors in their body compared to humans, and this makes their sense of smell stronger by nearly a factor of 100,000!
But what does this actually mean?

Dogs Can Tell Illnesses by Their Sense of Smell

This is exactly how Keola picked up on Alhanna's illness even before she even realized she was suffering from one.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Her body chemistry was changing even if no one saw. But thankfully, her loving pup did.

Dogs Can Also Recognize Pregnancy

Not only can they sense sickness, but another amazing thing is that dogs can even sense pregnancy! Thanks to their amazing sense of smell, they can detect when a woman gets pregnant due to changes in her hormones. Dogs know the usual scent of their owner, but since the biochemistry of the body changes when pregnancy occurs, it alters the behavior of the puppy towards their female owner.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Another thing that scientists explain is that dogs don't really know that this change is being caused by pregnancy. They just know something is different from the norm and it makes them behave unusually.
Its rightly said that dogs are the most loyal friends anyone can get. If Keola's story warmed your heart, these next ones will leave you speechless on how far these furry beings can go for the people they care about.

Shanna Saves Her Parents from a Snowstorm

Shanna saved her elderly owners who were 81 at that time from a disastrous snowstorm in 2006. Norman and Eve Fertig, living in upstate New York got stuck under a fallen tree when a power outrage stripped the place of electricity.

Shanna, the courageous hero, tunneled a hole and saved her Mom and Dad. Not only that, she used her body as a blanket to keep the couple warm until help arrived. Norman, her owner rightly described the event as the most heroic thing he ever saw to Fox News.

This Small Pit Bull Saved His Mom from an Attacker

Maya's Mom is a single mother named Angela Marcelino. One night she was celebrating her birthday till late. The day was almost at a good end until on her way back, she was attacked by a vile male from behind who tried to force himself on her.

She thought she was a goner until she saw her brave little pup running up to her and called her to attack. Maya did just as asked and made the man run for his life.

The Cocker Spaniel Who Saved Her Owner from a Deadly Car Crash

Honey is not only a beautiful Cocker Spaniel but also a very heroic one. She was rewarded with the title of Dog of the Year after she saved her master, Michael Bosch from a deadly car accident which almost claimed his life. Both the pup and her owner got trapped in his SUV which crashed upside down and landed in a ravine. Trusting his dog to be his only last hope of survival, Michael somehow managed to get the strength to get her out, telling her to reach out for help.

Even though she was just five months of age, little Honey ran over half a mile from where the crash had occurred and got help. Without her, Michael wouldn't have even lived to see another day.

Napoleon Saved a Pack of Tiny Kittens

Napoleon didn't save his owner like the other dogs on this list, but this doesn't make the English bulldog any less heroic. Even when he was bad at swimming, he stil ran across the street and jumped into the dangerous Michigan lake to save a group of baby kittens from drowning.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
His owner was surprised seeing him pull such a stunt and dragging back the sack full of little furry cats on the street. When she took a good look, she realized her little lovable dog had given a second chance at life to six adorable kittens. She was able to help four of the six back to health. Unfortunately 2 of them died due to the trauma. But the rest four became happy and healthy and she took them to a local shelter afterwards, where each one of them found loving homes.

Don't Fall for That Face!

He woke up the whole house by loudly barking. It was surprising because Junior is usually a quiet dog, Davilamar stated later.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
The noise he made ended up saving all the people home as they escaped quickly just in time.

Miley, the Pup Who Saved Her Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

One night, Miley kept waking Stacie up. This made her very frustrated because each time she tried to sleep, Miley woke her up. She was annoyed with her until she finally realized something was terribly wrong.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
The whole family found themselves with severe headaches and nausea and immediately rushed to the hospital. Turns out, if they hadn't listened to Miley, permanent damage to their lungs would've occurred. But because of the little hero, everyone was saved from the poisoning.

Angel is Nothing Less Than an Angel 

Angel, the beautiful dog of 11-year old Austin Forman, is a real angel indeed. Her Canadian owner was playing outside in the backyard with his furry friend, not knowing the danger that lurked behind him. Around 5:30p.m., a wild and vicious cougar attacked the little boy, but his courageous pooch stepped in to help him.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Angel fought the cougar off until Austin safely reached back inside the house. Although she got serious injuries including bites across her head and neck, she didn't let her owner get hurt. She is now healthy again, nursed back to her initial self by her loving and caring family.

It Wasn't Drugs That Saved Budhi Blair, It Was His Dog Layla 

Veteran Budhi Blair who is also an ex-inmate suffered from severe PTSD when he came home from the Middle East. This caused him to get violent and assault police officers and earned him time in jail. In his time as an inmate, he met a pit bull named Layla, who had suffered in a bad car crash herself.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Layla and Budhi had a lot of similarities. He said he saw himself in the dog - both being abused, discarded and left alone by the world. So he took Layla into his care and their bond became so strong that she ended up saving his soul. "Layla saved my life. That dog was better than Prozac for me", he said. Later he started a training program in jail that paired lonesome and troubled shelter dogs with prisoners and earned them companions.

Xena, the Fluffy Therapist

The child's mom has stated that Jonny has improved drastically ever since Xena came into his life. “He is the happiest child that I’ve ever seen him be in eight years,” she added.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
Jonny who was quiet and reserved most of the time, is now a complete chatterbox and has built up a lot of confidence. Xena also gets all the love and care she deserved. It's like the two friends are meant to be together!

Nyla Fearlessly Saved Her Owner from a Deadly Fire

Because of their amazing sense of smell, many times our animal friends can sniff up trouble before it even happens. Nyla is another example of such a brilliant dog who saved her owner from being burnt alive in a deadly fire. When her lady Sheila found herself in between smokes and flames unable to see anywhere, Nyla guided her owner towards the door and barked whenever she lost her among the smoke and fire to find her again.
Her Dog Didnt Stop Barking at Her Pregnant Belly, Then She Realized Why
She eventually lead Sheila outside to safety. She expressed her love for her pup,saying "Nyla could have left anytime. Instead, she chose to stay and risk her own life and face death to save me." Even though her home and everything was lost in the fire, Sheila was grateful to be alive and still have Nyla with her

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