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People experience Stress and Dogs Know Why?

Getting out of my car in the driveway…I hear our dog TC bark from inside the house…something she has not done before upon my arrival home each day from work. I opened the front door and stepped in…put my coat in the front closet…and turned to face TC sitting erect on the floor about eight feet away, with her large eyes focused on me. Normally she would come to me to get her usual pat on the head and jump up on me wagging here tail, her way of telling me she was so glad to see me back home.

Now this time things were different…TC was not acting like she always did. I said, “TC what’s up”,… she growled and barked, showing her large white teeth. I stepped forward, she barked three times again,”bark, bark, bark,” and “growled at me”, I took another step towards her and reached out my hand, she snapped at me!. She would not let me go any further…I backed off into the kitchen and called out to my wife Lyda. I shouted out to her again…”what’s wrong with TC? She snapped at me”, I said. There was no answer from Lyda.

I immediately called our friends Charlie and Marlyn, who lived just down the road from us, at that moment, Lyda called out to me, “I’m ok”…TC turned her head toward the sound of Lyda’s voice.

Charlie and Marlyn walked in the door…the dog barked at them, and growled and showed her teeth, and growled,in-a-gurggle. Marlyn said, “where is Lyda” at that moment Lyda called out…”I’m in here, come on in Marlyn” she went right past the dog without any trouble, TC did not move, she just stood there, as if to say…”It’s ok for Marlyn to go in”…TC kept close eye contact on Charlie and me…If I just moved towards the room where Lyda was, she would growl and show her teeth.

Marlyn called out from the inner room and said…”Lyda will be ok, she has “symptoms of being pregnant, but will be ok after awhile”. TC still would not let us go in that room…Looks like the dog knows something about Lyda’s condition that we didn’t know, ther’s something wrong or going on with her master, that is causing stress to the dog and Lyda…It seems that TC knows exactly what it is. Is it possible , the dog knew in advance of us , that her master, Lyda was pregnant?.

Marlyn stayed with Lyda, but the dog still would not let Charlie and me go in…so I had to sleep on the sofa next to the kitchen. I think TC was undergoing a stressful condition, because she knew what was happening to her master Lyda. I was stressed myself because of what was happening…first the unknown, now the waiting for the miracle to happen. It seemed like an eternity before our child was born.

I heard a voice say: “Dad come out to breakfast”. I opened my eyes only to face two big brown eyes staring down at me and licking my face… “what happened” I said out loud. “Come on out to eat before your food gets cold”, our son Jason said.

Thank God this was all a dream!!!

Thinking back on this dream, I wonder if it’s really possible that our pet dog TC could actually detect that Lyda was pregnant and actually would stand guard to protect her master from harm...and thus undergo stress!!!


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