12/11/2012 01:40 pm ET

Shelter Dog Offers Grieving Family 'Pet Therapy'

Tragedy struck the household of Flossmoor resident Vicki Burke in late October when her 40-year-old husband, Steve, died unexpectedly.

The sudden passing left her and her two sons, Andrew, 9, and Ryan, 5, with broken hearts and a big, empty space where their husband and father used to be.

“After Steve died, I thought about getting a dog. A dog was never an option when Steve was here—he was horribly allergic. I looked at the listings (online) and nothing really called to me."

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