Worried dog barks incessantly at pregnant mom until she realizes she's trying to save her life
It's not just one life she saved that day – it was two.
Jenny Brown

Dogs are known to be some of the most loyal creatures on the planet. Once you have their love and devotion – they’ll do anything to protect you.

The dog in this story, however, went above and beyond everything that a dog does to its owner. She, technically, saved her human mom’s life, and you wouldn’t believe how it actually happened.

Her name is Keola.

Keola is an American Akita who lives with Alhanna and Ricky Butler in England. They raised her starting when she was a puppy and loved her with all their hearts. In return, she showed her loyalty and gave everything she had.

Alhanna Butler via Facebook
Alhanna Butler via Facebook

Getting to know more about Keola’s breed.

American Akitas are known to be loyal, alert, and strong. They are cousins to the Japanese Akita, a breed that was originally used for hunting and protecting homes, which was something they did so well that they became a very popular breed in Japan.

Because of their popularity, Helen Keller herself decided to bring them to America in 1937. Eventually, due to differences in breeding practices in the two countries, the American version of the Akita would take on its own unique characteristics.

With these qualities, she was able to save her human mom’s life.

Akitas rank very high in intelligence, being some of the smartest dogs out there. They’re also very suspicious of strangers. This is the combination that would lead to saving Alhanna’s life.

When something strange (although not actually a stranger, and no, not the baby either) was in the house, Keola instantly knew something was wrong and that her family needed to be warned about it before it was too late.

Alhanna Butler via Facebook
Alhanna Butler via Facebook

Keola’s animal instincts sensed something.

When Alhanna became pregnant, they were all excited about the new addition to their family, even Keola.

However, Keola’s keen instincts went further than noticing the baby moving in Alhanna’s belly. She could sense that there was something else going on as well, and it concerned her. It was also beginning to concern Alhanna.

They thought everything was normal…

Alhanna had been doing everything she was supposed to during her pregnancy. She was taking her prenatal vitamins, getting exercise, and eating right for her baby.

Despite everything she was doing, her health was beginning to decline. At first, she didn’t notice because she thought it was a normal part of pregnancy – after all, carrying another human around inside of you for nine months isn’t exactly easy. It can tire out the best of us.

When Alhanna reached out to her doctor about an increasing pain in her back, the doctor also dismissed it as being a normal part of pregnancy. He thought it was due to a hormone that helps to loosen ligaments in preparation for childbirth, and he didn’t seem too concerned.

Alhanna went home empty-handed, with all her questions still floating in her troubled mind.

Thankfully, a certain very intelligent American Akita was waiting at home when she got there.

Alhanna Butler via Facebook
Alhanna Butler via Facebook

Something’s really wrong and the dog knew it.

Keola had been acting concerned and sniffing at Alhanna. When the woman returned from the doctor, the dog’s odd behavior only intensified. Keola would stare intensely and deeply at Alhanna, to the point that the couple felt that the dog was acting alarmingly strange.

It actually began to scare Alhanna.

She posted a picture of the staring dog on Facebook as a joke, but her friends didn’t take it that way. They thought the dog might be trying to tell Alhanna something. That just increased Alhanna’s level of concern.

Keola continued to act weird around her pregnant human mom.

As time went by, Keola would begin to nudge Alhanna, whimper, and eventually even howl. The dog was distraught.

Alhanna let that be the deciding factor and made another appointment to see her doctor. She didn’t think that the appointment would show anything abnormal, but she felt she needed to check on her baby to be sure.

Soon, it turned out to be bad news!

The doctor immediately realized that Alhanna had a rare double-kidney infection and was near death. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Her life was in danger, and so was the baby’s life. They did everything to treat her, but even that was an uphill battle because the infection had gone on for so long.

They said if she had waited even a day more that it might have been too late for any treatment to work.

There’s no doubt about it, smart Keola saved Alhanna’s life.

Alhanna Butler via Facebook
Alhanna Butler via Facebook

Eventually, Alhanna was given the green bill of health.

The doctors were eventually able to treat the rare double kidney infection, and Alhanna went on to carry her baby to term. She gave birth to a baby boy named Lincoln. Keola and Lincoln are now the best of friends, which makes sense.

This story simply shows the intelligence and the unbelievable senses of dogs. They may be miles away from a professional health expert but they sure know when something is terribly wrong. Their animal instincts can sense danger and even illness, just like what Keola did to Alhanna.

Wow – an unbelievable story indeed. Please share with your friends and family!

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By Jenny Brown
Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at