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

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

Her husband's rapid departure for a much prayed for job so soon after her return from Shands was difficult, but Janice's brother, Robb, arrived from the west coast to tend to his sister for several weeks. When their father took ill, he returned to California.

Weakness and loneliness took their toll, but Shane and Jasmine were with her every step of the way.

"That was hard," Janice said. "I wish I could've just gotten Shane to learn how to make coffee, but like he always tells me, 'I don't have opposable thumbs, Mom.' But he'd be willing."

The dogs — as much as powders, pills and tonics — have helped her regain strength, she said.

"They are very good medicine," Janice said. "The thing about dogs is they're so accepting. They just love you no matter what, and when they sense you need it, they love you even more. They are so calm and comforting. I don't think I could've made it this far without them."

Medical research into the healing powers of dogs has been proven in the Marcus residence, Janice said. Her steady recovery was bolstered not just by her faith and health care providers, but also by Jasmine and Shane's companionship.

There's some science to support that claim.

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