When All Else Is Lost, a Dog Will Be There for You

“I was admitted to the hospital for three weeks and had to withdraw from the semester. My only reason for living was Charger…”


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8.16.16 - Charger


Over the years we chose our new family members by saying we wanted the one that has been at the shelter the longest and always ended up with amazing animals. In 2006 my dad decided he wanted a purebred German shepherd, them being his favorite dog, and he had one growing up. We went to a breeder six hours away and picked our puppy.

Over the years Charger had chosen me as his partner. We did everything together and he was one of my best supports as I was going through nursing school. He put up with me reading to him for hours, practicing my bandaging skills, sitting still while I recited the steps to inserting an IV and so much more. He never once had a problem with it.

Fast track to November of 2014. I had been through a very abusive relationship and had three suicide attempts. I was admitted to the hospital for three weeks and had to withdraw from the semester. My only reason for living was Charger. After my discharge from the hospital, it was a long road to recovery and getting back to school. Charger laid with me every day, even when I cried, and he came to every appointment with me in the city.

Charger began struggling and was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. Within a few weeks he lost all function with his back legs and we bought him a new wheelchair. Even with so many health issues I couldn’t find a more happy dog than him.

In the summer of 2015 I wrote my national exam for my nursing license. Within a couple days of receiving my letter that I passed, I laid with Charger while the vet helped him on his way to the rainbow bridge. I have never felt any love like I have for him. I recently had a realistic picture of my boy tattooed on my back in remembrance for all he did and how he saved my life. I could never repay him for all he has done.

I love you with all my heart, always have and always will.

Submitted by Paige of Weyburn, SK, Canada



13 thoughts on “When All Else Is Lost, a Dog Will Be There for You

  1. I agree with you….Dogs not only protects the house from thieves or strangers but also it guards sheep and other domestic animals from carnivorous animals.

    The dog, which has been our member for a long time, is always for human beings.

    Thanks for sharing this blog with us 🙂

  2. If ever I had a problem, I just play with my dog. Looking at my dog is so relaxing. Dogs are sometimes better than human.

    – gustavo woltmann

  3. My current dog ‘Josie’ was a puppy when my Beagle “Kaos” died unexpectedly. Kaos was a rescue dog and my favorite dog I had ever had. Josie was there for me. I leaned on her very much after the death of Kaos. Dogs are always there for you and accept anything that you might bring. Dogs are God’s gift to humanity!

  4. What a lovely story! Dogs are the best and most loyal companion you’ll ever have in your life! They will never let you go no matter what.
    I work in the pet fashion industry myself and have met gazillion people who believe the same.

  5. I recovered fluffy from the street! I can´t imagine my life right now without him.. But there was a problem with his behavior with others that makes me uncomfortable.. In my own experience I want to share with you the book that helped me a lot!!!!!!!! — http://bit.ly/2LEg1vv
    I trully recommend it!!

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