Nursing her sick husband of over half a century through a terminal illness to the end left Pat with a grief that made her want to shut herself away – that is, until a companion came along in the shape of a collie…
Throughout her husband’s long battle with cancer, Pat Chester remained his steadfast carer; making sure he was comfortable and that he knew how much he was loved. For months all her energy went into caring for Pete – known to his friends as Chez – to the point where she stopped looking after herself, leaving her family sick with worry.
After 53 years with the man she loved by her side, Pat was left feeling “lost”, “empty” and without a purpose when he was gone.
Pat’s granddaughter, Andrea Embling, remembers: “The worst point was probably the week or two after the funeral. She weren’t getting out of bed, for about three days she hadn’t eaten anything, she hadn’t been out.
“I’d actually had to go round and pretty much force her to get up and eat something, and it was at that point it was just like I just can’t let this continue, I’ve got to find something to get her to get up and go. I have work so I can’t be round all the time, otherwise I would have been to make sure she was ok.”
Pat’s grief was all-consuming and loyal Andrea knew she had to step in, and so suggested a path that would give her beloved Nan a new best friend; something to get up for in the morning and would get her out and about.