Dixie Guarding James

@Elizaby (4087)
Pensacola, Florida
August 5, 2017 5:55pm CST
Dixie, a Scottish Terrier is especially attached to my brother-in-law James and oat time will not let my sister or anyone get neat him when he is laying down on the coach. It is as if he is guarding him thinking we might want to bother him which is not true. Well today she got really upset when his sister stopped by to see James and the few minutes she was here Dixie would not stop barking or growling even after she went out the door. His sister couldn't even go in the kitchen to toss something in the trash and James mentioned he wasn't feeling good at all and may have sis take him to the ER when she gets in from work. That has me wondering now if Dixie is sensing something as she has never been that aggressive before when his sister comes over as she often settles down after a couple of minutes especially if you go to the other couch in the room. I have heard of dogs being trained to sense things in their owners and wonder if Dixie has this trait?
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@just4him (128539)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Aug 17
I know dogs are especially sensitive to when a person isn't feeling well. My dogs always laid by me when I was sick. They wouldn't move from my side and only got up when I did. I know there are dogs who have an acute awareness when something is seriously wrong as well. That might be the case with Dixie and I hope James will be all right.
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@Elizaby (4087)
• Pensacola, Florida
28 Aug 17
Sis and I fear that if we had to call EMS that we will have a time with Dixie as they try to help him
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@just4him (128539)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Aug 17
@Elizaby That could very well be.
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@DianneN (87720)
• United States
6 Aug 17
I'm sorry James is so ill, and not at all surprised by Dixie's behavior. Dogs do sense these things. I hope he's ok!
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@Elizaby (4087)
• Pensacola, Florida
6 Aug 17
He has his good and bad days with his vertigo and COPD
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@DianneN (87720)
• United States
6 Aug 17
@Elizaby . I've had bad vertigo myself and it's awful. And I know COPD is very rough.
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@allen0187 (34147)
• Philippines
6 Aug 17
Wasn't there a study that shows that animals pick up potential problems among humans before the problem manifests itself? That must have been what Dixie was feeling.
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@Elizaby (4087)
• Pensacola, Florida
6 Aug 17
There have been many studies and now there are dogs trained to detect the onset of seizures to help those with chronic seizure disorders
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@allen0187 (34147)
• Philippines
6 Aug 17
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@Susan2015 (21947)
• United States
5 Aug 17
She just might. A lot of dogs can tell when someone is not feeling well.
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@Elizaby (4087)
• Pensacola, Florida
6 Aug 17
It is just James thar she is like that with. It seems the other 3 of us in the house she only cares about is when we are willing to hand feed her
@JudyEv (136837)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Aug 17
I wouldn't be surprised at all if Dixie knows instinctively that something is amiss. I do hope your brother-in-law will be okay.
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