• I was in the hospital this week for a couple days and someone brought in a therapy dog.

    Asked by BugsBunny on Saturday, September 21, 2019

    I was in the hospital this week for a couple days and someone brought in a therapy dog.

    He was a beautiful black lab and was acting like he was happy to see everyone. I was just as happy to see him. It lifted me up for a few minutes that day. Have you ever had someone bring an animal in to see you? Who would have thought it would brighten your day just by seeing him?

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    • cllinda's Avatar

      In July I was in the E.R. Nothing really serious but I was in pain. The lady in the next curtain had the dog visit her, so I asked if he could come visit me. They checked with my doctor and they came to see me. It made my pain go down during the time the dog was with me.
      I love when people volunteer like this to help others. Such a blessing.

      9 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      Our hospitals around my area are beginning to do this and it has been well received. It actually started with nursing homes who rarely see any animals. The smiles on their faces were well worth the effort.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I have wanted to use my dogs as therapy dogs, but i never took them through the training to be certified. I have a friend who takes her Shelties. Dresses them up in costumes and all. The dogs and the people love it!!

      9 months ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I had a pit bull that worked with me on the end of life floor. She helped regulate the patients breathing...she was the best!

      9 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      When Donna's mom was in the hospital last year a man brought a large thin dog in. I think it was an Irish WolfHound. She perked up and pet him. It brought a smile to her face when she was in her last days, that is priceless. Thank you to those who go through the work to certify their dogs and volunteer their time

      9 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Long years ago, before dogs had to be certified, I took my show Yorkies to the local nursing home every Saturday afternoon. The patients loved them. I always remember a woman who had Alzheimer's and who never spoke. I sat down beside her with my little Yorkie, Mitzi, and put her hand on the dog. The lady said, "Puppy." I told this lady's daughter about it. The daughter said that was the first time that her mother had spoken in five years.

      9 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      My sister has been dog sitting a very cute little cavipoo puppy for weeks and takes her with her to the nursing facility where our mother lives. Everyone, residents and staff, love that little dog. They all want to pet and hold her. They're going to be broken hearted when the puppies go home, out of area, next weekend. And, like JaneA's story, there is one lady who is very cognizant but unable to speak. One day when my sister brought the puppy over to her she said clear as a bell " what a cute puppy". Animals are wonderful therapy. They give unconditional love, are not judgemental and make people smile and laugh which is the best medicine there is.

      9 months ago
    • Kylerem's Avatar

      Both of the cancer hospitals I was treated at had therapy dogs. They were the highlight of my day when I was having treatment. I continue to schedule my follow up appointments to align with the therapy dog schedule!

      9 months ago
    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      The sweet unconditional love of most dogs is something we can all take comfort in. Our dogs act like we have been gone all day when we come in from getting the newspaper off the front lawn. Makes us smile every time!!

      8 months ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Two things that really comforted me when I was in the hospital during cancer treatment: hand massage and personal harp "concert". A lady stopped by and asked if I wanted a hand massage and I thought--WHAT? How great can that be? But it was! Amazing how relaxing it was and she used some lotion that smelled lovely, as well. The harp "concert" was from a friend who was working at the time in the alternative therapy section of the hospital. She came by and played for about 30 minutes. It was beautiful and I felt much pampered and loved, afterwards.

      8 months ago

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