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Old 10-04-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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Our dog Cloe (who weighs 50 lbs.), gets excited and jumps on us first thing in the morning and when it's time for her walk.

My husband had surgery on his shoulder last week and he was a little nervous about Cloe jumping and maybe hurting his shoulder. When we came home from the hospital, she watched me help him into the house and she must have sensed that something was wrong. She has not jumped once and acts very calm around my husband.

Does your dog act differently when you are sick?
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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I know they can. My Lab/Shepherd use to sit in my lap all the time when he was young but now that he is so big and 3 YO he doesnt do it very much but on Friday I went home from work early with a terrible cold and he got in my lap and slept with me for hours. It was like he was trying to make me feel better.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Mine do. They become a lot more protective and cautious. If I am in pain, my smaller dog usually lays right by where it hurts since he is a natural heating pad. They are very sweet but even more sweet when one of us isn't feeling great or is on the mend. I have noticed that our foster cats take turns laying with us if we are stuck in bed, too. So, maybe it isn't limited to just dogs.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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Absolutely!

I distinctly remember the time that I had a fever and chills, and could not, no matter how many blankets I had on me, get warm. Artie was lying on the guestroom bed with me, saw that I was still freezing, and laid his body on top of mine, lengthwise, covering as much of me as he could. It was the sweetest thing ever.

Also, he totally senses my moods and somehow knows which moods require that he give me my space and which moods necessitate a good cuddle.

It's quite amazing.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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Yeah, it's scary how much they can tell. When I'm sad, Beeze will put his head on my lap (he never does!) and when I'm sick, he'll lay down and just stare at me with these puppy dog eyes. Cutest thing ever.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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Yeah, it's scary how much they can tell. When I'm sad, Beeze will put his head on my lap (he never does!) and when I'm sick, he'll lay down and just stare at me with these puppy dog eyes. Cutest thing ever.
Ditto here, when I'm heartsick they seem to want to stay closer than usual. Have not had major illnesses (thank heavens) to identify with that, but I have come home after a hysterical outburst (mostly after finding dead dogs on the road in this Godforsaken place) and have dried up by the time I get home but the monsters stick to me like glue on those days. Follow me room to room, paw at me to be petted. Particularly if I go lay down for a while afterward -- I'll have all three right there. One on the floor on my side of the bed, one on the bed up against my legs and the biggest of them all laying with his head on my chest. Gotta love my monsters.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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I remember a few years back, my friend telling me that her dog would not leave her alone and was constantly by her side when she was at home. She was getting rather annoyed with the dog. When I saw her a few weeks later, she told me she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She said that she thought her dog had known that she was sick before she did.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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My late Lab and Springer knew. The Lab would just stay close and quiet and put up with me holding him to stay warm if I had a fever. The Springer would cuddle as close as he could and lay with his head on my chest or across my neck.

Time will tell how this new pup reacts. Thus far puppy ADD keeps him from snuggling for any period of time.
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Florida
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I think dogs are very intuitive when your sick or a little down. When I've been sick, Sheba goes into protective mode. As long as I remain laid up in bed, she will lay on top of my feet and keep watch. It's very comforting.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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yes , pets are very friendly to the owner and they relate very much with him . They are like child even if they dont realize what do u have the reasion, but they do note your mood , and the dog changes attitude
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