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More Protective Than My Father

When I was pregnant with Jackson, 4 years ago, Red (our labrador) acted like a psycho. The baby wasn’t even here yet, and my dog was absolutely looney.

For a while, I worried about how he would be when the baby finally did arrive, but for the most part, I dismissed his insanity in an attempt to rid Red of his crazy.

Didn’t work.

He went for a couple weeks puking every other day, but I tried to ignore it because labs puke a lot. He did ‘the angry growl’ at people we walked by, not because they were menacing people, but because I thought he was being a psycho. Then, he refused food. Anyone who has a pet will understand the gravity of an animal who refuses food. No bueno.

So, I took him to my vet. I told my vet that Red had just been acting strange, completely unlike his normal self, and I couldn’t figure it out. I mentioned all of his behaviors, the whole not eating thing. Of course Red acted perfectly fine and snuggled right up to the vet, making me look like a total moron.

I realized that my vet was laughing, but not at the dog making me look like a fool. No, no. The vet was laughing at me. I was almost insulted, then he made everything crystal clear to me.

Have there been any recent changes at home?

Well, Paul deployed a few weeks ago.

Does he seem anxious? Jumpy?

Yes! Ugh, it’s so annoying.

(More laughter from the vet.)

Anything else that may be new or out of the ordinary to Red?

Uhhh…

(Vet points at my baby bump.)

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Red can hear the heartbeat.

WHAT!?!?! I haven’t even heard the heartbeat yet. That’s so not fair.

There you have it folks. When your dog (or any pet? I dunno.) snuggles up to you and lays on your chest, he hears more than just your heart beating.

Marinate on that for a minute.

How nuts must that be for my poor dog?!?! He knows that I’m incubating.

Red follows me not just to the bathroom, but he lays on the floor at my feet as I tinkle. If he wasn’t 80 lbs, I would trip over him constantly because he is under my feet all day long.

The next 6 months are going to be so much fun. I’ve always wanted a bodyguard 24/7. ::side eyes::

 

 

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