A "Blaze" of hope

My name is Brian. I am a 60 year old active father of 2 and grandfather of 7.  I just had my first pacer installed 2 days ago (Biotronik Edora).  My wife Janice and I have been living in our motorhome for the last year parked next to our son J’s home in Sothern California.  We bought a smaller home in Arizona but are staying here to help with some remodeling at our son Kody’s home.  J’s family includes a small white dog named Blaze (Chihuahua, Jack Russel mix).  He is a friendly dog that enjoys anyone’s company.  I have known this dog for years but shared only a casual relationship.  3 weeks ago, I suddenly developed severe Mobitz 2 heart block.  I could not even walk without my heart constantly dropping beats.  I would wake up at night sweating with pulse below 40.  I was absolutely terrified.  Suddenly, the little dog Blaze took an intense interest in me and refused to be separated.  He sat next to me, rested his head on me, followed me intently and simply would not leave my side.  When he was taken into his home he ran in circles crying until he was able to come to our motorhome and be with me.  It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.  I could not even go to the restroom without him sitting outside the door crying.  What’s more, this new relationship was very positive for me and helped me cope with the fear and uncertainty.  We had to move the little dog in with us as he would have it no other way.  The implant surgery was quick and successful.  My heart is again beating normally and I feel great.  I know it is early and I expect there will be some difficulty ahead but I am optimistic that I will be back at Kody’s installing drywall soon.  As for Blaze, he has recognized that things are more like normal and has become much more relaxed but is still hesitant to leave me for more than 15 to 30 minutes.  We are trying to ease him gently back with his true family.


Lovely story Brian

by LondonAndy - 2020-11-08 12:35:42

Glad your procedure went well, and had such lovely support from Man's Best Friend - a well earned title!  

DJDooooo Sweet sweet story.

by MakeAmericaPaceAgain - 2020-11-08 15:10:31

Love your doggie story. Thank you for sharing. Is heart warming. So glad you are doing well after surgery. Doggie must know you are better. Your story is beautiful. Shah 

Blaze is truly a remarkable carer

by Gemita - 2020-11-08 16:37:02

Oh the healing power of a pet!  What a wonderfully inspiring story.  I feel somehow Blaze can never be parted from you now Brian.  

Good luck with your pacemaker and thank you so much for reminding us of the many health benefits of having a caring pet.  

Thank You!

by bjd00000 - 2020-11-08 18:28:11

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.  I can recall right after this happened thinking that if something positive could happen to make me laugh or smile it would help alot to combat the overwhelming dread and fear that filled my every waking moment.  This is the true magic.  This little dogs immediate and complete bond to me inspired nothing but smiles and positive emotion.  Truly miraculous.  I just had to share the story.


Going to the dogs

by ROBO Pop - 2020-11-09 13:37:46

Great story. It's incredible how animals can sense when we are having medical issues. My wife can always tell when I'm having a bad day. Our two dogs will not leave my side until I am feeling better, and at 70 pounds each they can be a lapful

Blaze ❤️

by FaithGrace - 2020-11-10 10:25:25

Blaze sounds like such an awesome little dog!! This is a very good reminder of the love that dogs can bring to our lives and just how intuitive they are!  I'm glad to hear your pacer is working and that you don't have to deal with the night sweats and generally feeling bad any longer.  

Thanks for sharing your story. 


by Nanakandirae - 2020-11-11 01:03:27

Thank you for sharing how Blaze has been there for you. Sweet/smart pup

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