A loyal dog has melted the hearts of thousands after a video clip has emerged of him guarding his pregnant owner.
DanDan the golden retriever has been looking after his owner, Xiao Ai, from Chongqing in south-western China, since she fell pregnant six months ago.
The two-year-old pooch often follows Xiao Ai into the house and sits on her legs so that she can’t get out of his sight.
Hilarious footage posted on DanDan’s dedicated channel on DouYin, the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, captures how protective Xiao Ai’s furry friend is.
The 25-year-old mum-to-be is seen standing in front of a full-length mirror while DanDan stays closely beside her as if to safeguard her.
He puts on a serious look and quietly watches over Xiao Ai.
Xiao Ai said in the video: “I’m 24 weeks pregnant now and my dog is treating this pregnancy more seriously than me.
“He is always sticking around and giving me this long face. He is highly alerted whenever someone comes close to me, haha.”
The clip has since been widely shared on DouYin and Weibo, amassing more than 850,000 views in just over a week.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, Xiao Ai said that DanDan’s character changed completely after she got pregnant.
She said: “He is always a naughty boy and loves to play in the mud. He wouldn’t care much of me before and mostly plays on his own in the house.
“But since I’m pregnant, and perhaps he could sense there’s a baby growing inside me, he became so protective.
“He sits with me on the sofa and sometimes puts his head on my baby bump. It is the cutest thing ever.”
Xiao Ai added that DanDan would put his leg on her if he found her exercising in the house.
“It’s like he’s telling me ‘don’t you dare move around’,” she told this site. “I’ve never imagined he would turn from a naughty dog to a protective and caring pet. I’m happy about that.”