My Due Date is Getting Closer and My Dog Won't Leave My SideLauren Jimeson
I hit my third trimester almost four weeks ago and it’s finally starting to hit me that this pregnancy is slowly winding down. Apparently I’m not the only one in my household that has noticed that the end is near.
Last week I noticed that furry companion to your left, Hudson, would not leave me alone. I found myself tripping over him during several times during the day because he would not leave me alone. At first I thought that it was because he and our other dog were away at my in-laws for the past two months while we travelled for the holidays. I figured that he missed being with me and was getting adjusted back into our normal routine. But now I’m thinking it’s much more than that.
As the time goes by and he just won’t leave my side, he has to know that something is up. He’s starting to get worse than my two year old with the way he follows me around. I go to the bathroom and before I know it, he’s right there. He joins me in the kitchen as I cook dinner every night. He even insists on sleeping right by my head at night on my pillow when I go to sleep. He’s asleep next to me on the couch as I write this post.
He even got to the point where he got upset when he saw that I was leaving. The other morning my husband took him for a walk while I took my daughter to school. My husband informed me later that night that as we walked away, Hudson kept turning around to see if we were behind him. When he saw we were gone, he began to whimper and tried to turn around. This is something he’s never done before.
I mentioned his horrible reaction to us bringing our daughter home before, but this is the first time that he’s acted this way while I’ve been pregnant. If anything, I thought that our other dog, Toby, would be clingy and want to be near me all the time, as he has that type of personality. Hudson has never been the type that wants to be affectionate or cuddle. In the last few weeks, he’s become the exact opposite.
As I spoke with others about his clinginess, they only suggested that he senses the end of my pregnancy is near. I can’t help but think the same. That is the only “new” thing that we have going on in our life right now. I only hope that his need to be near me all of the time isn’t his way of showing me that he is anxious or scared of the impending change. I want to make this transition easy and painless for both of our beloved pups.
Did you notice a change in your pet’s behavior towards the end of your pregnancy?