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The Healing Power of Pets – Life Story 2

By Jacklyn | December 10, 2008

Shirley Cheung was initially opposed to her daughter, Alice, bringing a dog into their Hong Kong flat, saying she wouldn’t have the time or patience to look after a pet. But when Alice bought a Yorkshire terrier, Shirley warmed to the friendly and playful animal and soon bought a second dog, a Maltese terrier.

A few years later, after Alice had moved out with the dogs, Shirley’s husband died. Grieving and alone, Shirley rarely left the flat. Concerned for her mother’s wellbeing, Alice moved back into the family home, bringing the dogs with her. When Alice went to work, Shirley spent much of her time looking after the animals – fixing their favourite meals, playing with them and grooming them. Playing mother to the dogs, she says, helped her to overcome the pain of her husband’s death.

Alice has since returned to her own flat. But she takes the dogs to stay with Shirley two or three days a week. Echoing the sentiments of many pet lovers, Shirley says the dogs have given her boundless joy and love. “My life is so much better now, thanks to the animals.”

*Story was published on August 2000 Asian edition Reader’s Digest.

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5 Responses to “The Healing Power of Pets – Life Story 2”

  1. Roger Loh Says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Jacklyn, I can relate to this…

    One of my friends, married without kids, while not having the best marriage in the world, adopted dogs and cats and life had been never the same!

    Although personally I’m not much a pet person, I believe that pets help human beings a lot. Thank GOD for creating pets!

  2. Jacklyn Ker Says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Roger,

    Welcome here!

    If I were to post a Life Story 3, I guess I’m one of the beneficiary that taps into the love world of pets.

    I used to own 7 doggies till we (me and my mom) received too much complaints from neighbours because they were just too noisy (you know how much noise dogs can produce when they are happy). Then I started to give away my doggies till left 2. All were adopted by our very own neighbours, which means that we are still seeing them almost everyday!

    The unconditional love and joy they can bring is unmeasurable! I’m happy that many of my friends start to keep pets in their family, and I think it’s a good way for kids to learn about responsibility taking care of their pets well.

    Please be here often to share your discussion with our readers here. Cheers!

    Love, Jacklyn

  3. Adao Braga Says:
    December 11th, 2008 at 7:37 am

    1 – The Cat
    2 – The Dog

  4. Jacklyn Ker Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Hey Adao Braga,

    Is that your cat and your dog?

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