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Today while visiting my 90 year old mother, I had the pleasure of meeting a 93 year old man, Tony Stevens, and his rescue Maltese, Tuffy. (Tuffy was named 14 year ago when he reached through a fence and bit a bull, coming away proudly with a mouthful of fur)

Tony shared that he was there to visit his wife of 73 years, Elizabeth. The pain in his eyes forced back tears as told me Elizabeth no longer recognizes him. I walked into the assisted living facility with Tony, he with Tuffy, and I with Kippers. His wife had a confused look on her face as Tony bent to give her a kiss, but showed delight when she saw Tuffy close behind. She called Tuffy by name, and Tony placed him on her lap.

As our golden years approach, and life throws us curves, we are sometimes forced to suffer through unpleasant options. All the pain Tony feels of his wife not recognizing him was offset to everyone in the room when we saw the comfort and joy Tuffy brought to Elizabeth in her final days.

Remember to treat our Chi babies with dignity and love, and you will be blessed with this kindness returned to you in your hour of need.

 

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Aw what a beautiful story, it is so sad that she no longer recognises her husband :(
Tuffy must bring so much happiness to the couple x
 

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I did therapy work with my italian greyhound and two chihuahuas. My most memorable story is that of a young girl (maybe 8-9) who had not eaten since her abdominal surgery several days before. They were looking at tube feeding. I gave the little girl a treat for the dog, but said for every treat the dog ate, she had to take a tiny bit of food herself. Well, it took several reminders about the 'deal' we made, but she finally did eat. I thought her mother and the nurse were gonna cry!! They were so proud. I did work at Pres/St. Lukes in Chicago for 10+ years and have a wonderful letter the childlife gal sent me at my 'retirement'.
 
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