Most people think that getting a puppy is the last thing expecting parents should do since their hands will be full once the baby comes along, however, one UK mom insists it’s the best decision she’s ever made.
Jade Ambrose had always grown up with dogs and knew that she wanted to get a puppy once she had her own home. And soon after finding out she was pregnant with her first child, Ambrose brought home a six-week-old puppy when she was just 20-weeks along. “We did umm and aah over whether this was the right time to get a dog but we decided that if we got a dog now then the dog and our son could both grow up together.”
Normally, puppies are kept with their mothers until they are eight weeks old, however, Ambrose found out the the mother of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross puppy that she picked out was turning on her litter sooner than expected, so she brought her home at just six weeks. Ambrose nurtured the puppy named Lola with snuggles and puppy milk, which is the reason they bonded so closely.
“Because little Lola was really too young to have left her mum it meant that we struck up a really close bond,” Ambrose said.”And she also got very close to my bump. It was so funny to see, it was as she knew there was another heartbeat – somebody else in there. It might be that she could hear it. She would love to watch the baby inside kicking and would want to lick my tummy when she saw it move. She would lay across my tummy to snuggle with me and the baby. It was so lovely to see.”
However, when Ambrose was 33-weeks pregnant, Lola started barking at her loudly one night as she slept and wouldn’t stop until she got up. “At first we didn’t realize what was going on when Lola woke us and thought she must have been barking at something outside, but then we realized she was barking at me – it was only when I got up to go to the loo that I realized I was losing blood,” she said. Ambrose was quickly losing blood and her water had broken, but because she was able to get to the hospital so quickly, doctors were able to stop the miscarriage.
“Doctors told me that if I had not gone to hospital when I did I would have had to go ahead with the delivery that night, and who knows what would have happened,” she said. “If Lola had not have woken me I don’t know what would have happened because I hadn’t been in any pain at all. I’d have just slept through and it could have been devastating.
“I don’t know whether Lola detected a problem with the heartbeat or it was just doggy intuition – but whatever it was, we will be eternally grateful to her,” said Ambrose, who credits Lola with keeping baby Oliver safely in her belly until full term.
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