Faith Middleton Show: Making Rounds With Oscar
The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
Years ago I spent lots of time with someone who had a small, all-white dog and whenever I was upset, that dog would race to my side, jump in my lap, put its paws on my chest and look into my face with urgency.
Many people who have animal companions know what I'm talking about.
But whether you've had a similar experience or not, you might find this story as remarkable as I do.
There is a medical professor at Brown University Medical School in Providence, who works at Steere House Nursing Center in Rhode Island.
At Steer House, they began to see that having a cat or two around was helpful to elderly patients and visiting families.
Among those feline residents is one named Oscar. He's a little fat, has a blazing white chest and calico markings. He looks like an ordinary cat, except that he has a special gift. Oscar knows when the end of life is near for any of the elderly patients at Steere House.
The book about this cat is called Making Rounds with Oscar, written by the doctor who witnessed it all - Dr. David Dosa.