It is amazing to me how my little dog, Sweetie, seems to know I've had surgery. It is her habit to want to be in my lap when I'm sitting in the recliner. We have a routine in which if I pull up a throw that I have over my legs, that is her signal that it is ok to jump up in my lap. Usually, before my surgery she would land feet first on my stomach and then settle herself down comfortably.
When she and I first came home, she didn't even ask to come up and sit on me, she instead settled on the rug nearby. As the weeks have passed though she decided I was healed enough for her to be in my lap but no longer does she land on my stomach, she jumps up on the edge of the seat and very carefully, without stomping on my tummy settles up on my lap and lays against me very gentle like. How does she know? Well, she just does. That's all.