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BBC News – Going for a Lake District walk with Max the Miracle Dog https://t.co/PNV1zMf9wg
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Kerry Irving was confined to his house and considering suicide after suffering an excruciating back injury in a car accident. But then he met Max, a yard dog who gave him a new purpose in life. The BBC joined them for a walk in their native Lake District…
In 2006 his car was rear-ended by a lorry, leaving him with crippling back pain.
He spent the following two years barely able to move, declining into a deep and seemingly irreversible depression.
Then one day, having been persuaded by his wife of 22 years Angela to walk to the local shop to get some milk, he met Max.
The then one-year-old poked his nose between the bars of a backyard gate and the two struck up an instant friendship.
Kerry suddenly had a purpose to go out – to see Max.
Max’s owners were struggling to give him the time he needed so were happy for Kerry to take their dog out for walks.
“It’s always been about the eye contact with Max, the way he looks at you and you just feel he cares,” Kerry says, as Max sits a short way away, appropriately enough gazing at us as a soggy stick hangs from his mouth…
He started putting pictures of Max on his business’s Facebook page and found that, perhaps not unsurprisingly, people were more interested in snaps of a spaniel than they were images of deconstructed locks…
“I started getting all these messages from people telling me how just seeing pictures of Max cheered them up,” Kerry says, as we stroll in the shade of the rocky outcrops of Low Riggs.
“And they started telling me their problems too.
“I understand it – if you see someone with a dog, they already seem friendlier. We stop and talk to people who have dogs, and something about Max just made people open up.
“I never used to want to talk about depression, but now I’m perfectly happy to because I have found that just talking about such things lifts them off your shoulders.”…
There are more big pictures at the link, and they are fantastic.