Do animals take care of ailing owners?

The New York Times ran an article about a woman with cancer who adopted a dog. She thought she would die at age 30 ane she just had one regret: not getting a dog. That’s huge. Now she’s an animal rescuer. Read about it here.

Several readers wrote comments, saying their pets helped the get through an illness. My mom is disgustingly healthy, thank goodness. On the rare occasions she feels under the weather, I must admit it’s business as usual. I used to be pressed into service as a heating pad on cold winter nights. Now that Ophelia’s here, I’m off the hook. Ophelia is fat and fuzzy. She adores my mom and will tolerate some cuddling for at least an hour or two.

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