The boy’s bond with the dog is immediate and deep, their companionship transcending typical pet-owner relations. This dog isn’t just a pet; it’s his best friend, a comforting presence after the loss of his mother.
OP’s wife develops a strange fear of the dog, though it is a well-behaved and non-aggressive creature. The wife’s behaviors grow increasingly peculiar; she shields her belly from the dog and gets startled at the slightest noise from the pet.
With the new baby arriving shortly and the OP’s wife becoming increasingly nervous, her fear of the dog continues to grow. This previously unheard-of fear culminates in her requesting OP to re-home the dog.