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Widow Couldn’t Function After Husband Passed, 17 Yr Old Dog Mends Her Heart

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on August 27, 2023

Meet Jana and her beloved 17-and-a-half-year-old dog, Chewie. These two have a heartwarming story of love, companionship, and the healing power of pets. Jana, now 67 and semi-retired, found Chewie at a time when she needed her the most. After losing her husband, Jana was struggling with sleep and emotional turmoil. It was then that Chewie entered her life, providing comfort and support during those difficult times.


Jana and Chewie’s bond grew stronger over the years, and now, they spend their summers at Rummy’s Beach Club, a place where dogs can enjoy warm water swimming therapy alongside their owners. This unique experience has not only brought joy to Chewie but has also helped her with some health issues.

As Chewie has aged, she has developed light sensitivity, making it difficult for her to be out in the sun. The staff at Rummy’s Beach Club noticed this and provided Chewie with special goggles made for dogs to protect her eyes. Jana also uses an inflatable cone to keep Chewie’s head above water, as she doesn’t like it when her ears get submerged. These small adjustments have made a significant difference in Chewie’s comfort and enjoyment during their swimming sessions.


Despite her age, Chewie continues to be a happy and energetic dog. Every morning, she wakes up with enthusiasm, ready to face the day. Jana credits Chewie with helping her through some of the most challenging times in her life, and now, she is committed to taking care of Chewie in her golden years.

This heartwarming story of Jana and Chewie serves as a reminder of the incredible bond that can form between humans and their pets. The love and support that Chewie provided Jana during her time of need is a testament to the healing power of animals. As they continue to enjoy their time together, Jana and Chewie’s story is sure to inspire others to cherish the special relationships they have with their own pets.

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