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Old 12-08-2012, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Above is a video made by the hospital where I work. It's about Annie, a Labradoodle, who volunteers as our pet therapy dog. Her owner, John, also a volunteer, brings her once a week. Everyone always enjoys seeing her! She brightens everyone's day, including visitors and staff, in addition to the patients. She has such a sweet and calm nature. She even has her own file in Human Resourses and wears a hospital ID badge with her name and picture. Annie, knows me and always comes up to me whenever we are both there on the same day. One day, she leaned up against me and I teasingly said, ooh, Annie, I about fell over". John asked if she was leaning on me and when I laughed and said yes, he told me that when big dogs do that, it means they trust you. I never knew that! Another day, I was waiting on the elevator. When the doors opened, Annie and John were inside. John was talking to someone and didn't see me, but Annie did and she started walking to me as they were coming off the elevator. When John felt the tug of the leash, he looked at me and said, Pam, Annie will know you anywhere". (I was on a different floor at the time.). I could tell you about so many interactions I've had with Annie but the purpose of me posting this is really about how important I think it is to have a pet therapy dog. I have seen some of my quietest, saddest patients/their worried family members perk up so much just because of a visit from Annie. If the patients would like, John will allow her to lay on the bed beside them. She doesn't jump, but just gracefully steps up there and lays down. Sometimes, John will take a picture of Annie with a patient, then bring it back later in the day to give it to the patient after it's developed.


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Old 12-08-2012, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pam,

There is a problem with the link. It is both sad and rewarding visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Dogs bring so many smiles. I bring Lucky to a local nursing home. It started with us visiting my 99 year old great uncle, who has since passed. They asked me to continue bringing him, because it makes every one so happy. I did have one issue with one resident not wanting to give Lucky back to me.
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Pam-What a wonderful story. Thanks for posting this. I will check back, your link is not working right. Have a great w/end.
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Thanks for letting me know it's not working. That was the first time I tried to post a video from my phone. I will try again here from the computer.

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What a great and moving video!!!! When my Mom was in Rehab which was part of a large wonderful nursing home in Bayside NY there were many resident pets who lived there. The Nun who was the director strongly believed in pet therapy. There were 2 large and very gentle mutts that would move about the hospital on their own and just get on the elevators and go see "their patients". They had an intuitive knack for which patients needed them at the time. They were not allowed on beds but would calmly go to the patient and put their head down on the bed or lay quietly beside the bed or wheelchair.
There was an enormous rabbit whose cage was cleaned every hour (spotless), fish tanks. Birds in huge cages of all varieties, sweet and adorable little cats etc..esp on the Alzeimers" floors. There was such an atmosphere of caring and love in this institution!
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I burst into tears the second this video started. Annie looks so very much like our Katie Girl who passed away shortly after my Daddy passed away (about 3 years ago). Katie also did pet therapy with me at the nursing homes and she was brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing Annie's story with us ~ and especially for allowing me to almost re-live the experience of watching my Kate work Gods will. I've attached a picture of Katie. Her hair was longer here, but you'll get the idea .
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Aww, Bridget, I'm so sorry about Katie Girl and hope the video didn't upset you too much. That's great that y'all take dogs to the nursing homes. I think that is wonderful! A friend used to take her dog to the nursing home before her mother passed away and all the residents really enjoyed it. People who think they don't like animals don't know what they're missing!
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I smiled through the whole thing. How wonderful that hospital is to encourage pet therapy. I took my Aussie and Poodle to my moms nursing home every week. Sometimes it took half an hour to get to her room!
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It didn't upset me in a negative way...just tears of beautiful memories. I absolute love what John & Annie are accomplishing and they seem like quite the team! Please give them our love and appreciation for us. Hugs!
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What a beautiful video showing the power of therapy dogs. I know Ben did just that for my DH. He has had two strokes and was able to fight his way through a very long rehab in each case. Then about a year and half ago he was hospitalized several times for various problems and became so depressed I thought he was going to will himself to death. That's when the children suggested we get a dog "for dad". They wanted to get him another golden retriever as this is the breed he always had. I told them I thought it was a good idea but didn't want to deal with all the shedding again. So I started researching small non-shedding dogs and that lead me to this forum and Ben. What a difference Ben made. In just one day I could see a big change in DH. He is so in love with this dog (we both are) that I can not even describe it with words. Ben brought back the old DH. The one that was a fighter, the one that didn't give up. Thank you God for bringing Ben into our lives.
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