If you have been reading my Blog you know by now that we have a wonderful Cockapoo named Copper and that he is not only handsome, but also very smart.
And since my diagnosis of Breast Cancer Mets to the Bone, I've noticed changes in his behavior. For example:
He stays with me more and watches me very intently. This is not unusual behavior for dogs... Studies have been done showing dogs know when their owner is sick with cancer.
But, here is what makes me laugh in awe:
Whenever I call out "Bob" for something, Copper (who is lying on the bed with me) will immediately sit up and give out one loud, sharp bark. If Bob does not answer within a minute, well too bad for Bob 'cuz then Head Nurse Copper will jump off the bed and into the hallway and bark once again. Only this time, louder and sharper. He will then stand there waiting for Bob to respond. If for some reason Bob does not acknowledge Copper's command of "Come quickly. Mama needs you!" he will go to wherever Bob is and repeatedly bark until Bob comes to ask me what I need.
Copper will watch us as we talk and when he feels assured that everything is okay he will lie down and go back to sleep.
The whole routine reminds me of the old TV show "Lassie" when the Collie runs into the kitchen barking at Timmy's folks. The usual translation is something like "Come quickly, Timmy's in the well."
Although I'm not in the well yet, it warms my heart that this little puppy (7 years old) loves me and makes sure I'm okay.