Chester, the therapy dog who also needed help

Chester, a nine-year old black Labrador, made a name for himself earlier this year in Colorado.  Over the course of a 16-week trial, he comforted the victims, witnesses and first responders who were giving testimony in the trial of James Holmes.

Holmes was charged with the killing of 12 people and the wounding of 70 others when he opened fire at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.  He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

This video shows the value of Chester in his role as a comfort dog.

However, Chester’s story doesn’t stop there.  Last month, he ended up as a patient at Colorado State University.  He was having severe neck pain and was diagnosed with discospondylitis, an infection of the bone in the vertebrae of the lower cervical spine.

Chester has made a successful recovery.  This special dog got the care he needed when his condition was urgent.

Special care for a special dog (but all dogs are special, aren’t they…)

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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