Every dog owner knows that snuggling with your pet can make you feel better, but this story is proof that it can help you get better.
Sinead Ellis from Toronto, Canada was born with a painful condition called Parkes Webber Syndrome. Her blood vessels are abnormal, which can cause internal bleeding and infections. In Sinead's case, it also makes it hard to walk around, because her right leg is painfully swollen.
Thankfully, she has a service dog named Paddington, who she can rely on for support and friendship. Paddington can smell when Sinead has dangerous internal bleeding, and he always knows when she needs a hug. In fact, Paddington's hugs helped to fix a painful side effect Sinead had been living with for years.
Sinead's condition caused a hole to appear in her foot, and despite her doctors' best efforts it never healed properly for more than 10 years. It turned out Paddington had just the prescription she needed: one of his healing hugs.
He would lie on her foot for an hour every day for weeks. Eventually, the pressure he had put on her wound closed it for good. This just proves that love and time can heal all wounds!
Paddington is already a skilled and well-trained service dog, but he still has a lot to learn. Sinead has started a GoFundMe page to try and raise money for his education, which costs a total of $17,000.
That's a lot of money, but we think this amazing dog has more than earned it already!