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The Puppy Is In And Accepting Patients
I would like to share how much it means to me to be able to bring Joki, my dog, to visit folks we support. Sometimes it is a dramatic moment where someone just snuggles up to him and doesn’t want to let go, other times it’s a quieter moment where someone who never participates in activities reaches out to him. Often it will be the caregivers who appreciate a snuggle from him. One of the nurses at a facility I visit says “Joki is what gets me to work on Mondays, I don’t want to come, but then I remember, PUPPY VISIT, and put my scrubs on”.
Almost everyone tells me they wish they had a dog because they’ve always had dogs and now that they are living in a facility they are alone. Joki helps make them feel connected. Sometimes I have to reschedule or cancel my visits; those are the hardest days because I know he brings so much joy to people. I just hold the leash; but they sure light up seeing his fuzzy face.
Submitted by Rheva Wren - Heart of Hospice
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