I rescued Midnight was he was two years old. He was so well behaved that I got him on Saturday and on Sunday he was going to work with me to see patients. He was very calm, highly intelligent, loving, compassionate, he had a fabulous read on people, and had a zest for life that few do. Just like myself, he was very clear that he was put in this world to help people. At two he tested to be a registered therapy dog and passed with flying colors the first time. This was important because I had an emergency hysterectomy that I should have died from but St Jude’s Hospital saved my life. During my stay they brought a therapy dog to visit with me. I felt to pay them back for saving me Midnight and I would volunteer there and we did for the next seven years. We also spent seven years in their cancer center visiting patients as well
Midnight seemed to just be abandoned by his family and was in a shelter when Westside Shepard Rescue found him and brought him to their Los Angeles location. Nobody wanted him because he was a black dog. Well I was the one that got lucky and got to adopt him. You can read his story in a book on Amazon entitled Midnight the Therapy Dog. My grandson Taiko and him are the same age and literally grew up together. When Taiko would play Midnight would guard him and look out for him. They would play fetch but Taiko enjoyed sleeping over and his morning walks with Midnight the most.
Midnight lived to take care of me and he did that so well. He was the best friend I have ever had. His entire existence was about making sure I was good and happy. He refused to sleep till I was in bed sleeping. When my mom passed last year, he laid by her bed for three days until she took her last breath. Everybody loved him and he was famous in our community and around the world with the people I met on my travels. He will be so very missed but will live in my heart and soul eternally!!!!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at email@example.com.