PUPPY LOVE: Woman's canine companions aid in her recovery

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Janice Marcus credits affection from her collies Jasmine, left, and Shane for her speedy recovery after a serious illness.

LEON CURENTON / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Singer and vocal music instructor Janice Marcus grew up in California in a family of pet lovers. Her childhood dogs and cats were integral parts of the family.

For her, a recent brush with death reinforced the healing power of canine companionship.

When Janice's husband Jim's aerospace engineering job brought the couple to Crestview in the early 2000s, whether pets would join them in their new home was not questioned; it was understood that their north county home would include both bipedal and quadruped members.

Today, their home is enhanced by the addition of Jasmine and Shane, two full-blooded collies whom the Marcuses rescued, respectively, from a shelter and from an owner who didn't want him.

"Both are about 7," Janice Marcus said. "It's hard with a rescue dog to know how exactly old they are.

"Jasmine is the protectress. No kidding. She makes me feel very safe. She's just Mama's dog and she's very protective of her mother. But Shane is my lover. He's so affectionate."

When Jim lost his job more than a year ago, a many-month quest for employment took a toll on the family savings, but the couple was determined that their situation would not affect Jasmine and Shane.

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