I wasn’t feeling very well today, I don’t know what it was but I just didn’t have a lot of energy, so after lunch I sat on the couch to watch TV. I slowly began falling asleep, but before I fell asleep both my dogs came to the couch to see me. I know it’s not good to let dogs sit on the furniture, but when they are standing with two paws on the couch it’s really hard for me to say no, when they’re being good.

As soon as they were sitting on the couch, and they were done with the process of sniffing me, they curled up next to me and on top of me and just laid there. All three of us quickly fell asleep and stayed there for about an hour. I had plans to wash dishes and put laundry away but sleeping felt like the best option at the moment. After taking a nap I felt so much better, I don’t know if all I needed was some rest but it was great that my puppies didn’t just behave, but came to be with me when I wasn’t feeling very well.

I remembered hearing that dogs know when people are not feeling well, are sad, or sick, and even know when someone will have a seizure. I learned today that they know this because they can smell our hormones; they know when they rise and fall. I didn’t have a seizure today, or since they have been with me and I’m hoping I never do again and I know my puppies are not service dogs, but it’s nice to know that they will be there by my side when I don’t feel well.

How dogs sense when we are ill





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