Friday, December 4, 2009

Can dogs sense when we're not feeling well?

I think so.

I'm home today in Day 3 of what I thought first was allergies, then a cold, and now I'm admitting that I may have The Flu. It's miserable. But Biggie is such a great companion.

I don't feel under the weather all that often, so this is unusual. The last time I was this out of it, I'd just come back from surgery and The Big One walked me to the bathroom and back to the couch when I was still groggy from the anesthesia. Not because I asked; he just thought I needed some support.

Most mornings we have a very clear routine. Biggie gets himself up a few minutes before my alarm goes off at 7am, and we go to the dog run by 7:30 or 8 at the latest. "Getting up" for him means getting out of his crate, walking around, and pawing at the bedroom door. This morning, even though I was up (sort of) and in and out of sleep, he waited patiently on his bed and his crate until 10. We hobbled to the dog run slowly and he did a nice loose leash walk the whole way, and after he'd taken care of business, he just stood by the door like, "Time to go home, mom."

When we got home, I sat on the floor to pet him and he put his head in my lap - "I'm sorry you feel bad, mom."

Sitting at the table at the far end of the apartment, typing on the computer, Biggie lies halfway between me and the front door. I got up for a moment, and he sprang up, watching me and then going into guard pose at the door - standing and listening alertly to people in the hall. Only after I sat down again did he lie down, again halfway between the door and me.

My dog rocks.


T-Bone said...

You dog does rock!!!! This breed will never, ever, stop amazing me. Even with all of T-bone's craziness I would never trade him for anything. He is simply, like Biggie, a total softy when he knows I need it and a fierce protector too. Love our Kuvs!

jan said...

My four little guys know when I don't feel well and they even tell the cat about it. They are very quiet, understanding and protective--behaviors I would like to carry over for when I feel good. :)

Mango said...

Well of course Biggie knows when you need extra attention and love. I recall walking Mango on a very icy day once and he stayed right by my side and I had my hand on him the whole time. I slipped and slid and wobbled and he made sure I didn't fall down. He didn't even stop to sniff.

Mango Momma

Biggie-Z said...

As Jan put it - why can't they carry over that behavior for when we're feeling well??

Emily said...

What a sweet boy. Dogs can be so intuitive. My boys will come lie on top of me when I am sad.

Lindsay said...

Awww, what a good boy!

Usually when I feel bad Ace could care less. Although, sometimes when I'm crying, the cats will come up to me, and I swear it's because they've learned that when I'm feeling down I'm more likely to give them attention! If I'm sick and lying in bed, Ace is happy to lie around and nap, too. That's always nice. This could be because when I'm sick I'm more likely to invite him on the bed for a cuddle.

Katherine said...

My puppy feel my behaviour.