From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

January 29

My sister found Jake roaming the streets, all skin and bones, filthy and exhausted. Although the vet didn’t expect him to live more than a week, Jake was still with me after a month. That was when I noticed a newspaper article requesting dogs and volunteers for a pet-assisted therapy program. Jake passed the tests with flying colors and became an official hospital volunteer.

One particular visit stands out. A man asked if Jake and Mac, his partner, could visit his wife who was very ill. I took her clenched fist and let her knuckles stroke Jake’s ear, and when I looked at Jake, I knew he’d made a connection.

Upon hearing that this patient was awake, the nurse told me I must have the wrong room. The woman who was talking and hugging Mac had only 5 percent of her brain function and was not expected to wake up.

My dog, and others like him, had a power that left me in awe. It’s simple: My dog Jake worked miracles with his love.

Terry Perret Martin

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