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
One of the great things about visiting and working at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the range of dogs available for sleepovers. Since I am on my final night of sleepovers, it is time to pay tribute to all four of my sleepover dogs…
Timothy, a one-year old American Stafordshire Terrier. Beautiful boy with good manners. I’m sorry we fed you so many treats in training class that we caused your diarrhea! Timothy’s underbite makes this wee boy adorable.
Chester, a Boxer cross (I think Boxer/Mastiff cross because of his wrinkles and large head size), age 7. Chester is very bright and we practiced ‘sit’ during his stay. A snuggly boy who snores, I took Chester because he hadn’t been on a sleepover or outing for almost 2 months.
Madison, a young pit mix. A fairly new arrival at Best Friends, she’s not even on the website yet. Really intelligent, and happily slept the night through. Only drawback – she’s a covers hog who enjoys the middle of the bed.
Clover, another fairly new arrival from Texas and her photo isn’t on the website yet. A cattle dog mix, this young girl has good manners on leash and loves to disembowel toys. A rubber chicken and a small squeaky sheep were victims during our evening together. She also adores tummy rubs.
These dogs and many others can be viewed through the Best Friends website and so if you are thinking about adoption, this website is well worth a look.