October 13, 2005
Now to the story of an Augusta woman who put an abusive relationship in her past. But Jennifer Remeta did it in a way she never expected. News 12 shows you how a caring canine turned Jennifer’s life around, and what she’s doing to let others know about it.
Jennifer Remeta’s four-legged friend is the reason she can stand on her own two feet.
“Through all these changes, Abby remains my steadfast companion,” Jennifer said.
Six years ago, the two met at a pound. Abby was a sick scared dog without a home. Jennifer had a home she didn’t need.
“I was in an emotionally abusive relationship at the time, the guy I was with I guess, he was just one of those people that made himself feel better by talking down to other people,” Jennifer said.
Unexpected friends, Jennifer adopted a baby. Little did she know, courage came with her.
“Just the fact that she was sitting beside when I went home that day literally gave me the strength and support I needed to walk out you know, pack my stuff and get out,” Jennifer said.
And in came a new life for Jennifer. She recognized all the things she was good at. One of them is writing. Her feelings and experience of meeting Abby now sit in a short story called “Lady Abigail” as part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
It was what happened one July afternoon that set the story of Lady Abigail into motion. Jennifer sat down at her computer ready to write, Abby got down put her head on her knee and then the words just started to flow.
“I just kinda looked down at her and just started writing. She just kind of inspired me,” Jennifer said.
And now Jennifer hopes the 1,000 words will be an inspiration for others.
“I know there are other people out there who are struggling through the same thing, or just struggle with being alone,” Jennifer said.
A lifetime change that Jennifer always pauses to think about.
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul came out at the end of September. Jennifer’s story is one of many in the book. It can be found in almost all bookstores.