It has been almost a year since Philadelphia NBC10’s newscaster Keith Jones was left brokenhearted after a tragic loss. Though the devastating and unexpected death of his girlfriend, Cara McCollum, might have been an unendurable pain, Jones credits one furry little friend with helping him through the darkest of times.
McCollum, a fellow news anchor and former Miss New Jersey, lost control of her car and succumbed to the sustained injuries on February 22, 2016. She and Jones had been dating for nearly two years at the time of her death.
Just six months prior to the tragic event, they had gotten a 9-week-old miniature Australian shepherd whom they named Charlie.
The love Jones had for Charlie was apparent on his social media from early on — but of course, he never expected that the tiny pup would be responsible for carrying him through the untimely passing of his partner.
As weeks turned into months, Charlie continued to be a shining bright spot in his dad’s world. Jones told PawCulture:
“[Charlie has] become everything to me… He’ll jump right up in my lap or lick my face when I start to feel down. He’s been absolutely wonderful.”
Jones went on to praise the incredible instinct and empathy of dogs. “They have this amazing sense and amazing ability to understand how you’re feeling before you even realize you’re feeling it.”
It’s precisely this ability coupled with Charlie’s happy personality that has helped Jones find a positive outlook on life again. As the months passed, Jones’ posts even regained a humorous tone.