A dog by the name of Keola, has earned herself the status of top pooch after she may have helped save her owner’s life.
At least that’s the narrative we’ve all decided to accept, because it’s bloody adorable.
Struggling with her first pregnancy, in 2016 the now 24-year-old Alhanna Butler was experiencing excruciating back pain, but she says she was told it was simply due to her petite frame.
Speaking to The Mirror UK the UK woman said at first, her pain was ignored by medical staff.
“It was awful. People thought I was just being a wimp and kept telling me ‘oh if you can’t handle this, how are you going to cope with having a baby. But I could barely walk,” she said.
Despite this, Keola, her purebred Japanese Akita, appeared to know better.
Updating her Facebook followers during her pregnancy, Alhanna said that Keola was acting unusually and would frequently nudge, stare and cry at her pregnant belly.
“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,” she said.
“I posted a picture of her doing this on Facebook and made the joke about the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale where the dog also does this and suddenly my friends all started saying I should take it seriously.
“Then my mum phoned and said ‘listen to your dog, she is trying to tell you something’. It turns out she was absolutely right – and she saved our lives.”
Luckily, Alhanna checked herself into hospital, where she was told by doctors that had she come in any later, she could have died.
A healthcare worker herself, Alhanna said that doctors explained to her she was suffering from a double kidney infection and had an antibiotic-resistant bug that in order to treat, hospital staff had to specially create a new antibiotic in the lab.