Meet Chesney – the "pregnancy detecting" dog. The pooch’s owner claims the lovable pet is able to rumble expectant mothers, when even family and friends are unaware of their good news.
Office worker Freya McAnally is the latest mum-to-be sniffed out by Chesney weeks before she revealed her pregnancy to pals.
The 36-year-old, from Stockport, was eight weeks pregnant when her work colleague Angie Keay brought Yorkshire Terrier-Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross Chesney into an office meeting.
Normally a shy dog, Chesney wouldn’t leave Freya alone, and despite Angie repeatedly moving him off her, he kept going back for a snuggle.
Angie said: “Chesney usually sits on my knee and won’t go near anyone else. But he kept going to sit right by Freya.“I kept moving him off her, but he was adamant – every time I pulled him away, he went straight back to her. He didn’t leave her side.”
Angie, 27, mentioned afterwards that 12-year-old Chesney had only ever behaved like that twice before – both times the objects of his affection were pregnant women.
She explained that when she first began working at Pets at Home’s Manchester offices, Chesney would be quite nervous when he joined her in the office and always stay close to her desk.
One day, she returned to her desk to find he had disappeared and eventually found him stood across the feet of a mum-to-be. Another time, when her cousin was expecting, Chesney insisted on lying across her belly. “It’s like he’s got an obsession,” Angie added. “It’s bizarre.”
Five weeks after her encounter with Chesney, Freya announced to the office that she was three months pregnant and gave birth to daughter Lara in February. She said: “Dogs are so clever and intuitive. “It’s just incredible. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends and family. It’s now my favourite work story!”
Experts think dogs can sniff out human pregnancies. Hormonal changes in pregnant women make them smell slightly different. Though people do not pick up on it, dogs’ sense of smell is 50 times stronger. Others think that dogs sense pregnant women’s distinct posture and movements.