Dog owners sometimes decide to give up on their dogs, and the reasons are, for the lack of a better word, a matter of discussion.
Whether that would be allergies, or more importantly, expecting a child, these are just some of the reasons as to why people turn away from their dogs, and it’s not going unnoticed, or without being frowned upon. Many would argue that it is the wrong thing to do, as raising a child with a dog in the house can have multiple benefits.
You’ve probably encountered a video of a dog and a baby sleeping together, or the dog guarding the baby at least once. Depending on the breed, it’s actually good for dogs to be around children.
Pet ownership provides many general benefits to human health. Those that especially relate to children include: the encouragement of greater fitness and higher levels of physical activity. This is especially important in view of the worrying increased trend of child obesity.
- The development of a more stable immune system (particularly between the ages of five and eight).
- The provision of comfort during recovery from illness or injury and rehabilitation.
- The reduction in the incidence of hay fever and asthma, with less likelihood of children developing allergies to animals if they are exposed to pets during their first year of life.”
And, according to pubmed.gov: “Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have deficits in social skills, and interaction with service dogs has been associated with increased social skills for children with ASD.”
In this heart-warming story, husband and wife duo from Bengaluru, India, Sanjana Madappa and Aditya Raheja found out that they’re expecting their first baby.
Doctors told them that they should get rid of their five dogs so that the baby grows up in good health.
Aditya, being an employee of the CUPA animal shelter, completely refused to do this, and she decided to incorporate them in her pregnancy photoshoot, taken by Bhargavi Naveen.
We’ve covered pregnancy shoots before in the past, but usually, they were just mildly humorous. This one is just amazing.
The story went viral after the founder of the Hotel for Dogs in India Shravan Krishnan shared it on Facebook.
This is what Aditya had to say:
“Being in animal welfare, one of the most common reasons I hear for giving up a pet is ‘ I’m pregnant’. When I have tried to counsel these families, I get it thrown back in my face that since I don’t have children and haven’t experienced a pregnancy, I don’t get to have an opinion. So last year in April, my ever supportive husband and I decided to see what the fuss was about.”
“I had an unreasonably difficult pregnancy. For the first 6 months, I was glued to my toilet, even hospitalized because I was throwing up blood. The morning sickness really took a toll on me and I didn’t think I would make it to the end of the pregnancy. I had a few weeks of respite before issues from a car accident four years ago started cropping up. My pregnancy became a high risk one for pre term delivery and I was restricted to the confines of my home. I cannot even begin to describe all the thoughts that went through my head but what I can tell you is this; not once did I think ‘ hmmm my dogs have got to go.”
“My dogs are the reason I got through my pregnancy with my sanity intact. The days i spent crying, I had the comforting weight of Diego’s head on my lap reassuring me things would be ok. the nights I spent on the bathroom floor, Leo kept me company, gently pawing me now and then to see if I was okay. I lost a very special little girl along the way, Leela, who kept me smiling with her silly antics till the end. When I could finally fall asleep, I had Cujo resting at my feet. I couldn’t afford to stay in bed feeling sorry for myself when I had these kids depending on me.”
“8 months later, my son Ayan was born and I cant think of anything that could have prepared me as well for motherhood as my furry kids. I was told by family, friends and even my doctor to get rid of my dogs, that my baby came first. I was told the same things that all those people who have given up pets tell me. To all those people I can just say this. I couldn’t ever in good conscience give away an animal that loves me and trusts me with the same innocence and purity that my baby does. I couldn’t abandon a family member to bring in another. I will not betray a life that depends on me as much as my son does. To all those people I will always say, NOT WITHOUT MY DOGS.”
What an amazing photo shoot.
And an amazing family.
Another wonderful part of this whole story was that 8 months after this photo shoot was taking place, their son Ayan was born, happy and healthy.