For Canyon Ridge Middle School receptionist Beth Boling, the past is never far away. In June of 2015, Boling was in a terrible bike accident while on vacation. She had to be flown by helicopter to an emergency room for treatment, and doctors feared she wouldn’t survive. If she did, doctors predicted she may never work or drive again, and would require long-term care.
Over the next four months, Boling would go on to make a full recovery, but it was difficult. She credits her faith, doctors hospital staff and a few furry friends with helping her be able to work, drive and, yes, ride her bike again.
“I owe my life to the two therapy dogs who came to visit me (during treatment),” Boling said. “The owners encouraged me to go through therapy training with my dog, Oliver, and now I get to give back by taking Oliver to bring a little love and sunshine to others.”
Boling and Oliver visit nursing facilities and college campuses to offer support and cheer. Whether it’s loneliness, stress from finals or just a bad day, the duo seem to have the remedy.
“My take away from all of this is that you should always give back in anyway you can,” Boling said. “I have received so much in return without asking or expecting it.”