While new parents hope their four-legged babies get along with their newborn, they can sometimes get jealous and resent the fact that someone has stolen their spotlight, which is why one couple’s friends suggested they might have to get rid of their dog, Keola.
But 21-year-old Alhanna Butler and husband Ricky, 25, couldn’t bare to separate with their beloved dog who was the first one to even realize Alhanna was expecting. “We did test after test but with no luck. They just kept coming up negative,” Alhanna said.
“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.”
“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,” Alhanna said. But Keola was right, they were two weeks pregnant.
“We were both over the moon and we realised that Keola was truly a special dog who could detect things that we couldn’t.” But 16 weeks later, Alhanna went to the hospital complaining of intense pain and sickness, which doctors brushed off as nothing.
Keola sensed something was wrong, however, and tried desperately to tell them.
“No one really understood how ill I was – but Keola did. She would nudge me and cry and I could never figure out why she had suddenly started doing this. Ricky said she was distraught whenever I went to work, when she had never minded before,” Alhanna said.
Alhanna finally decided to listen to Keola, but when she arrived at the hospital, she collapsed and almost died from an antibiotic-resistant bug and a double kidney infection. Doctors were able to save Alhanna and her unborn son, but warned that if she had come in even one day later, she would most likely be dead. “I have absolutely no doubt that both me and Lincoln would not be here today if it wasn’t for Keola,” she said.
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