The pressure to react correctly to someone’s baby news is intense.
You have to show immediate, genuine excitement about the prospect of a tiny human or you risk looking incredibly rude. Any glimmer of concern, confusion, or ‘really, you’re ready to do that right now?’ will be obsessed over for the entire pregnancy.
Dogs, however, are free of this stress, and can instead show exactly how they feel.
Take a look at Raegan, a nine-month-old Weimeraner living in Russell, Kentucky.
Her owners Jacob Holbrook and Katie Gillum decided to take a photograph of Katie showing off her baby bump to the dog.
Raegan responded with all the panic us humans have to bury beneath an enthusiastic ‘congratulations’.
The dog immediately looked shocked and concerned, looking straight at the camera as though to ask what on earth was going on. We think she’s a bit nervous about being a big sister.
Jacob said: ‘Our goal was to get a cute picture of Raegan sitting in front of Katie, while looking at her baby bump.
Make sure your pet is in good company. Pets get lonely and depressed just like people do when they spend too much time alone. Cats are generally better on their own, but dogs and especially puppies don’t do well left to their own devices for extended periods of time.
‘She wanted to post a progress picture of her baby bump, so I was snapping pictures and ended up with these gems instead.
‘We were scrolling through them and both of us instantly burst out laughing and I knew those were going to be the ones I used.
‘We can’t wait to take more progress pictures – hopefully when the news has settled in for Raegan – as we include her in everything we do.
‘Raegan is great with children, so we can’t wait to see her grow up with our little one too!’