You asked if anyone had an experience with their pet like the lady who wrote and told how her dog helped her through her illness. Well, this is mine.I have two cats, Albert (4 years old) and Angel (3 years old). I have irritable bowel syndrome and, every once in a while, I get very intense cramps associated with it. They were so bad this one night that, while sitting on the couch with the cats next to me, I was holding my stomach and moaning. Angel looked up at my face with a puzzled expression and, after a minute or so, crawled up onto my chest and looked right to my face, then proceeded to lick my face very affectionately. She has never done that before. I was so moved that I stopped my moaning -- she must have relaxed me because the cramps became less intense. When I stopped, she crawled back down to her place on the couch.I really believe pets serve us in the most wonderful way and don't ask for much in return.
V.R., Westland, MI Sep 11, 2005
Thank you for your account of how your cat was able to help you relax and relieve your physical pain. Animals can connect with us emotionally and, at times, really do help us heal in body, mind and spirit. Your Angel is true to her name. Letters from other readers sharing similar experiences are welcome.
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