Newry man says presence of his astounding dog has helped family’s healing process

NEWRY – “It’s like taking a deep breath,” says Bing Fishman, describing the comfort his golden retriever, Cooper, gave him when his son passed away years ago.

Bing Fisher, who lives at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, relies heavily on the comfort and companionship of his dog, Cooper, a certified therapy dog. Andree Kehn / Journal of the Sun

After the funeral, a large number of people came to her sister-in-law’s home to pay homage to her. Cooper has remained close to Fishman. However, at one point Cooper approached each person, almost greeting them in a certain way, Fishman said. After Cooper visited everyone, he stayed by Fishman’s side for the entire evening.

“I noticed him hanging on to both of us (Fishman and his wife), just walking around. He knew something was wrong. And so I realized it was a drug with no side effects, ”Fishman said. “And then, you know, it helped me a lot because I talked to him. (I) would hike, and we talk, so you look them in the eye.

Fishman said he felt like Cooper was giving him a hug with his eyes.

According to a New York Times article, when owners and dogs meet their eyes, it can trigger the production of oxytocin, a hormone that is also produced by feelings of love between humans. Citing scientists and psychologists, the article states that with continued eye contact, dogs can view their human as a “key social partner” and vice versa.

Fishman described how heartwarming it was to be with Cooper during this dark part of his life. Cooper was someone he could talk to openly, without judgment or the feeling that Fishman was weighing on someone else with everything he was going through.

“I talk to him more freely than with a human,” Fishman said. ” And I do not know why. … I want to use the word freedom when talking to a dog, but hey, it’s the ability to say whatever you want about your feelings. But I can use any kind of language I want.

Bing Fisher, who lives at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, relies heavily on the comfort and companionship of his dog, Cooper, a certified therapy dog. Andree Kehn / Journal of the Sun

Fishman has said he never really came to terms with the loss, and he calls President Joe Biden someone who has described how Fishman feels.

“Biden… he took my thoughts and my words… like he was listening to me.” … Biden said when he lost his son he said, “Trust me, friends, after a while a smile will come to your face because you will think of something funny that happened. ” And he was right, ”Fishman said. “I think about the things that are happening and I am able to smile now. I had a photo of (his son) in a vineyard. Beautiful shot that my sister-in-law took. And I am also talking about this image.

Cooper not only helped Fishman heal, but his wife as well. His wife was diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis, a type of neural disease that causes the nerve cells in the brain that control movement to fail over time. Cooper immediately made up his mind.

“He’s sitting next to her. If she uses the walker, he will walk with her, and that amazed me because I didn’t train her to do it. He does it all on his own, ”Fishman said.

Fishman’s wife said Cooper calms her negative thoughts and alleviates some of the pain.

“And I know it does,” Fishman said softly, “because I see her setting there and she might be reading a book and she’ll put it down and she’ll just look at it. a long time, so I honestly believe that they have an innate ability to have feelings.


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