By Elsie, Contributing Writer and Site Editor
The day we adopted our Border Collie, Patch, he cowered in a corner of the back yard til nightfall. The next morning we found him in the playroom. Afraid of the dark, he had busted through the screen window to get inside.
Patch had been abused before he came to us, but we took a chance on each other. After that, he became a member of our family, soaking up all the love and attention we could give him.
Patch blessed us in countless ways. He kept us healthy and fit!
When he was outside on a brisk day, his sheep herding instincts (a mark of his breed), often kicked in. He’d run in tight circles around or with us, pausing to wait expectantly for directions.
Patch also brought comfort and stability when we needed it most. When we moved down to Chile, Patch came too, providing reassuring love and loyalty in unfamiliar surroundings.
I’m never surprised when I read articles on how dogs can make us healthier and more relaxed–even helping people with PTSD. Dogs are natural healers. Their simple companionship and physical touch can be far more potent than any drug.
We taught Patch not to be afraid of the dark, and he brightened every day for us until the end of his own.
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