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

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:29 PM.

"Dogs can sense when there is a problem at home, and that's when they are sometimes most needed," Janice said. "Dogs are so sweet. They knew Mommy and Daddy needed them."

Strong faith, assistance from their church, help from friends and their collies' unquestioning love carried them through.

Then one day last autumn, Janice felt unwell. Jim left to brew a cup of tea for her; when he returned, his wife was comatose on the floor.

Life-saving surgery at North Okaloosa Medical Center for an undisclosed illness stabilized Janice so she could be sent via Life Flight helicopter to the University of Florida Shands Medical Center in Gainesville, where she began a month's battle for her life.

Jim, meanwhile, at last received a series of promising job prospects and interviews.

"He had been job-hunting for a year," Janice said. "This was such a blessing, but with such bad timing."

Thrilled to see their 'mother'

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