What is the kindest thing a pet has done for you?
Answered by: Jenn Hardesty
My husband wanted a dog. We had 3 already but they bonded to me. We got Star in December of 2019. We called her our “Christmas Star”. The dog bonded to my husband and he decided to try and train it as a service dog for his epilepsy. In May of this year, I was laying on the couch and Star came up and kept on putting her nose by my carotid artery, which was against my pillow. Then she put her head on my chest above my heart with her ear down like she was listening for something. Then she sat back, did the Husky Head Tilt (she's a husky/black lab mix) then laid down by me on the floor by the couch. This was unusual because she never came by me unless my hubby was in the same room as me. 5 minutes after this happened I had a major heart attack.
Since then, she comes in periodically and checks on me if I'm laying on the couch. She'll put her nose by my carotid artery, look at me, then lick my nose. I think that means “you're ok mom” and walks off back to my hubby. My other rescue, Hollie, is a Chihuahua/German Shepherd mix and lets me know when my depression is going too far south. I'm bipolar 2 (depression heavy) and she has saved my life more times than I care to think about. She gets on my lap, puts her head on my chest, and looks up like “mommy I know you are sad… I'll stay with you till you feel better… dodon't leave me cus I still need you”. My husband comes in and sees me crying and hugging Hollie. “F*ck, I'll get your emergency meds hon.” He gives me them and then thanks Hollie for taking care of me. Furbabies are amazing.
Star decided she wanted to have a comfy seat to watch TV.
Hollie: “Momma, no more pictures. I'm trying to sleep on the bed.”