Children should enjoy their childhood rather than struggling to survive as children. Caleb’s life is in ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀr after sᴇʀɪᴏᴜs ᴄᴀʀ ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ places him in the intensive care unit. As a child, Caleb was driving with his mother and siblings when a distracted driver veered into their lane and ᴄʀᴀsʜᴇᴅ. The inexperienced driver, just a child, accidentally took the lives of Caleb’s mother and both of his siblings, but 6-year-old Caleb miraculously survived. However, his injuries were life-threatening.
As the only survivor Caleb was still severely injured. Fʀᴀᴄᴛᴜʀᴇs ɪʟʟ, ʙᴜᴛ ʙʀᴀɪɴ ɪɴᴊᴜʀ, ᴘᴀʀᴀʟs, ʀʀᴀɪ.ɴ… are Caleb’s father and mother who are always trying to help, they don’t know what Caleb’s life will be like or how he will survive.
With experimental treatments underway, no one is sure what the outcome will be. Doctors recommend a non-traditional method of using therapy dogs. Through a basic interaction that will hopefully lead to a connection, the medical team wanted to see if keeping a dog next to Caleb could stimulate activity and thereby stimulate the healing process. While his grandmother was a bit skeptical, Caleb’s father agreed.
A Golden Retriever named Colonel became Caleb’s source of non-invasive “medicine”. The dog patiently sat next to Caleb with his trainer Susan. They both waited for Caleb to gently answer, and it didn’t take long. Especially when the dog lay on Caleb’s hospital bed, even wiggling over Caleb’s small body to keep him company, Caleb reacted in his sleep. His heart rate improved, his lung function stabilized. Something good happened and everyone assumed that the only change in Caleb’s routine was thanks to this dog.
Every day he visits Caleb, the boy lights up. The medical team was amazed. Soon Caleb was more awake, eager to sit up and interact with this cute dog. The dog treated Caleb in an inexplicable way, both physically and mentally.
Just then Caleb throws a ball at it and laughs, which certainly takes time and patience as well as the entire support team from the doctor to the family.
But it was this dog that really connected with Caleb’s stay in this world once again keeping him motivated, working hard, and trying to heal. We should never doubt the strength and love of a dog because the above is proof !