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Real Stories From Dog Owners: Can Dogs Sense When People Need Them?

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Can Dogs sense when owners need them? I think some can. Here are some comments from dog lovers ...

Izabelle Knew Who Needed Her Most

Yes, dogs do sense when people need them. I have seen it in action with my Golden Retriever "Izabelle" on our therapy visits. When she was just nine months old we went to visit the residents at a nursing home with a therapy dog group. The residents were brought into a room and we took the dogs around to meet them. Izzy kept trying to make her way over to a gentlemen sitting by the door in a wheelchair. None of the others in our group was paying any attention to him. Finally she just pulled me over to this man. She sat down beside his chair and laid her head in his lap. He tried to pet her but his hands kept shaking, so she gently laid her head on his hands to stop the shaking and just sat there with him like that for the longest time. He lowered his head to her ear and kept whispering to her "beautiful baby" he kept repeating that in a whisper over and over to her. I looked up at the nurse standing behind his wheelchair and she had tears in her eyes. It seems this gentlemen had not spoken a word to anyone or anything in the four months he had been in the home. She was so happy that my Izabelle had brought some comfort and joy back into his life. When we went to leave, he touched my hand and thanked me for bringing Izabelle to meet him. She seems to have a gift for knowing the one person who needs her the most when we visit nursing homes.

Wendy Young and Izabelle from Lakeland, Florida

Tui Could Sense a Seizure

My brother's dog, Tui, is a 4 year old Irish Wolfhound x Dalmatian. On their way to move interstate they stayed a few nights at a friends house. This friend has 'fits' like epilepsy, but caused by physical abuse as a child. One morning the friend came home after night shift and as usual, gave Tui her breakfast and sat down to relax before going to sleep. On this morning Tui didn't eat her breakfast (which is very unusual) and stuck very close to our friend. A couple of hours later our friend regained consciousness after having a 'fit' with Tui laying quietly next to her. She still hadn't eaten her breakfast. This event confirmed my belief in animal therapy and companionship. Tui is really a gentle soul in a giant's body!

SAMANTHA ROBINSON, AUSTRALIA

There are Two Kinds of Dogs that Can sense when Someone Needs Them

I believe there are two "kinds" of dogs that can sense when someone needs them. The first is that special dog that just has the knack and can sense needs in people it doesn't know. The second is when you bond with your pet so tightly that he senses those needs. I find this very true in rescued dogs, perhaps more so because I rescue Boxers.

My Murphy came to me as a scared, frightened 2 year old boy and had been abandoned to live outside and suffer the consequences of thunderstorms, winters and loud noises. I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus many years ago and it has progressed to a point that I frequently have difficulties getting out of a chair, and certainly off the floor, due to the pain. It took Murphy 2 years to find his confidence and happiness but he did and we were joined not only at the hip but also in the heart. As my disease progressed I noticed Murphy coming to me when I was feeling un-well and then when I was struggling out of chairs. He would softly lay his head in my lap or stand quietly by me. I eventually caught on to what he was trying to show me and put my hand on his back as he got as close to me as possible so that he could help. With Murphy my heart not only grew but my mobility increased.

Sadly, Murphy passed away in November of 2007. A greater loss has never been experienced in my home but I should have known Murphy would send me Jesse who reads my Lupus almost as well as Murphy!

Dawn Lynch

When MY Husband Was Dying

When my husband was in a hospice dying, they allowed me to bring his dog, Rocket, to visit him in his final days. The bed was designed so that it could be lowered to the floor level so he could hold and love on his dog. Somehow Rocket sensed that this was his final time to see his best friend. My daughter took Rocket home that afternoon. When Rocket entered the house, he ran to my husband's chair and climbed up in it. He then proceeded to howl. He had never done this before and never did it again. My husband died the next day. I would send you a picture of Rocket, but unfortunately he, too, has passed on. Since my husband desired to be cremated, I also had Rocket cremated and their ashes were spread together.

My Dog was There when Disaster Struck

Two years ago our Shepherd/Husky cross Riley was only 7-8 months old when disaster struck. My wife Sharon blew two discs in her back, and was laid up for weeks in terrible pain.
During the ensuing x-rays and treatment, it was discovered that she had early stage breast cancer. As it turns out, the back injury probably saved her life. But now she was terrified as well as in pain. As she laid on the couch trying to find a comfortable position, Riley, who was normally a wild and crazy puppy, already huge for his age, would stop his zanies, come over to "Mom", and lick her face and arms, hug her with his face against hers, and just lay down on the floor beside her for hours. He would just lay there staring at her, loving her, and trying to lift her spirits, day after day.

Weeks later, Sharon's back condition improved, the cancer was removed, and she was given a great long-term prognosis. Riley went back to his normal, zany self. He hasn't been so intensely warm and loving since. Nobody will ever convince us that he didn't feel Sharon's pain and anxiety, and react in the only way he knew, to help Mom get through.

We now have two more dogs, and we love them all, but Riley will always have a special place in Sharon's heart.

Keith

Lucy Comforts "Dad"

In February Lucy's dad, Mark, wasn't feeling well. He was achy all over and tired. As soon as he came in the door, he went straight to bed and fell asleep (after of course, he loved on Lucy). It didn't take 10 minutes for Lucy to evaluate the situation and curl up in her dad's arms. She was trying so hard to make him feel better and it was so adorable. She did not want to move; she knew her daddy didn't feel well and she was making him better. She didn't even fall asleep; she was awake, concentrating on him.

Attached are a couple photos of her working to make her daddy feel better. She ALWAYS knew exactly what we were thinking... sometimes it was scary!

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share about our pets.

April Fowler


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