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Just Thinking: A dog is man’s best friend


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September 22, 2012
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Well, I wish dogs could talk. My daughter Julie, swears her Jack Russell Terrier, Jack understands every word she says to him. I hear her talking in the next room. When I ask her who she is talking to, she tells me it is Jack. I ask her if he answers, she laughs, and says no, but I think she can read his mind.

But I can just imagine what he would say if he would talk.

Jack is Julie’s best friend. He is very protective of her. He follows her around the house all day. He sits near her, sleeps under the covers at night, at her feet, sits outside the bathroom door when she goes in, waits till she comes out. If she leaves the house, he mopes around until she gets home. If it is for several days, he won’t even eat. His eyes are very sad.

We have many “Jack and Julie” stories to tell. Anyone who knows us knows what I mean. Julie is single, divorced, her daughter died unexpectedly 10 years ago, at the age of 19. Julie's sister Kristi, gave Jack to Julie shortly afterwards. He has been her best friend constant companion, good buddy, and I guess her child too ever since that day. He is her protector too.

Dogs are great company for old people, and they say some nursing homes allow their residents to have a pet. I think that would be a good thing. But they would have to hire a person to just be the “dog-cleaner-up-after”.

My Aunt Clare who lives in Georgia, and is 81 years old told me something this week, that made me realize how important pets are to old people.

Clare was living in a little one-bedroom apartment in a retirement village. She is not in good health, with heart problems mostly. A few months ago, she was in the hospital quite awhile, in very serious condition. She got better, but the doctor told the family, she could not live alone. So, her son Michael, who lives in the same town, decided to rent his little house out, and rent a big 3-bedroom house, with 2 baths so his mom could come live with him and his black Labrador, Sadie.

Clare loves her new home with Michael and Sadie.

Sadie has taken it upon herself to be Clare’s protector and companion. She sits at her feet during the day, when Clare is reading, watching TV or sits in the kitchen nearby, when she is cooking or eating. When Clare goes to the bathroom, she sits outside the door to wait for her.

At night, during the middle of the night, Clare wakes up to Sadie jumping on the bed beside her, with a squeaky toy in her mouth. Clare said she would say, “Not now Sadie.” And pat her on the head for a little while, then go back to sleep. Sadie jumps off the bed, and lies beside the bed all night.

Sometimes Clare feels her jump up, put her paws on the side of the bed and just stay there, but Clare can hear her breathing, so Clare reaches out her hand and pats her head several times. Sadie doesn’t want to go outside, or play, she wants to make sure Clare is okay. After Clare patting her for a little bit, Sadie will lay back down on the floor beside the bed and stay there till morning.

I think Sadie wants to make sure Clare is okay. Because a few weeks ago, Clare had an episode where she couldn’t breathe, and Michael was alarmed and took her to the hospital where she was for about a week.

But now that she is home, Sadie is her constant companion, friend, nurse, and caregiver, don’t you think?

I wish dogs could talk and I could hear what Sadie would say to my Aunt Clare.

“Are you okay? I want to make sure you are still breathing. Okay, I will be here right beside you if you need me. I’ll go back to sleep now. See you in the morning”.

They say that a dog is man’s best friend. Sadie is Clare’s best friend these days.
 
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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 23, 2012 5:29pm
 
Here's another "Man's Best Friend" story! For this man, picture is worth a thousand words -- so many of them kind By Molly Guthrey John Unger and his 19-year-old rescue dog, Schoep, take one of their therapeutic ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
September 22, 2012 11:43am
 
I can relate to this story. My two little babies, Pudge and Pea, were almost identical to the subject of this column. I home office and so am at home all the time. I originally bought Pea for my Dad's birthday (he lives with ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
September 22, 2012 10:57am
 
I second that - I enjoyed reading this - I have three dogs and they are constant companions and in allot of ways a reason to get out of bed each day - I know that they do understand several English words or phrases when I speak ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 22, 2012 9:35am
 
A nice column, Lois. Thanks for posting.

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