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

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

When Janice returned to Crestview, she had less than two weeks with her husband before he had to depart for his new out-of-town job, from which he regularly returns home each month.

Their faithful collies were waiting for her return.

"They were so thrilled to see their 'mother,'" Janice said. "I don't think any of the pets ever expected to see me again. They were so excited to see Mommy. Shane especially was barking and barking. Oh my goodness, he was thrilled. I only had Jasmine for a few months before I got so sick. She wondered what happened to her mommy."

Both dogs are even more attentive to her since her return, Janice said.

"They follow me all around the house all the time. I think part of it is to make sure I don't go away again," Janice said. "When Jim is gone, they are my companions. They're wonderful dogs. They watch TV with me. They especially like 'Lassie.' We have 'Lassie' on DVD for them."

While Jasmine is her "mommy's" bodyguard, Shane is the self-appointed watchdog, Janice said.

"Shane usually lies in whatever room I'm in," she said. "He also likes to lie against the front door like he's protecting me."



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