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Henry To The Rescue

20160216_084422000_iOSIt was late at night.  Even the moon had decided to disappear behind a cloudy pillow for a few hour’s sleep.  Mum and Dad had retired from staring at their devices; playing online Scrabble.  The house gave a quiet sigh and settled into itself, ready to enjoy the rest of the night.

Bark! Bark!

Mum jumped, awoken from her deep sleep by Henry’s loud bark.  He stood next to her side of the bed and growled ominously, staring through the gloomy darkness at the bedroom door.  Mum felt for his head and gently stroked his soft ears, tensing as she touched his raised heckles down the back of his neck. What was out there that had woken him and why did it feel as though whatever it was could be standing just outside the bedroom door?

She turned over to nudge her snoring husband.

“Wake up!  Henry heard something.”

As though to confirm this, Henry let off another round of furious barks.  Mum felt the hairs on the back of her neck rise, just like Henry’s heckles!  The snoring mass next to her continued to sleep, uninterrupted.

Another shake evoked a groan from the sleepi20160327_125722082_iOSng form and it slowly rolled over.

“What?” came the bleary response.

“There’s something out there.  Henry is barking,” she whispered, unconsciously holding his arm.

“He always barks.  He probably needs the loo.”  Dad slowly rolled over and settled down to sleep again.

Bark! Bark! Grrr!

The ferocity of Henry’s growl pulled Dad out of his sleepy state.  He sat up and looked around in the gloom, trying to make out the silhouetted figures of his wife and dog.  Both seemed to be staring at him, or was that just his tired imagination?

“What is it?” he asked, his voice loud and gruff in the sudden silence.

“I told you – Henry heard something outside.  They might be in the house!” was the infuriated response.  “Go and check what it is in case someone’s there!”

Dad sighed heavily and dragged himself out of bed.  Henry quickly followed him to the door and as soon as it was opened, he sprinted across the landing to the girls’ room.  The door was shut.

Bark! Bark!

Mum followed the two out onto the landing.  She could see that Henry was trying to tell them something.

“There’s something wrong with the girls.  Quick!  Open the door.”

Dad didn’t hesitate.  He opened the door and Henry pushed past, leaping onto the lower bunk.  A tiny, hoarse voice called out, “Mum! Dad! Please come!”  The silent tears that had been flowing from the owner of the voice rolled freely, accompanied by a low sobbing noise.

Henry whined and looked up.  This was what he had been trying to tell Mum and Dad.  Little Isabelle wasn’t feeling well and she couldn’t shout out because her throat was sore.  She had been crying and calling out, to no avail.  No-one could hear her.  Well, no human.  Only a special little pup with long, floppy ears and a persistent bark.

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In light of the devastating attacks in France, I have found a post from A Mighty Girl on Facebook that gives us a different perspective from the news and media.

Please read this and remember, there might be evil in this world that we could highlight and acknowledge, or we could give light to those who help others in the time of conflict – the Angels risking their lives whilst we watch on from the safety of our homes.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France in the wake of several devastating attacks in Paris. 
As with many tragedies that are covered extensively in the media, children who hear about them may be confused or scared. Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood once shared a thoughtful approach for comforting children and instilling a sense of hope in them in the face of such incomprehensible events:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers 

Hand in Hand Parenting also provides many great tips for parents on how to talk to kids about shocking events — be they natural disasters or senseless violence — in their article at http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/helping-children-exposed-to-shocking-events
You can find more resources, including tips for parents related to media coverage, on the website of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network at http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/terrorism.
Thank you for reading.