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Old 07-20-2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default Nursing home visit with my therapy dogs

I finally got a couple of pics uploaded so I could post this. These were taken last October at a nursing home that I take my two doggies to the 2nd Saturday of the month. This is a county-run nursing home so the people who are there are not very well off finanicially. I have a hard time doing the visits - aside from the physical condition some people are in, the mental states sometimes get to me. You see people clutching stuffed toys or large dolls as if they were little toddlers. And the smell! Fortunately it does not bother the dogs in the least. They just go in, get petted, jump partway up onto a bed if a resident can't reach down, and check to see if there are any crumbs on the floor.

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Old 07-20-2007, 01:14 PM   #2
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Great photos! What a great thing you are doing by bringing Zircon and Sophia in there. Thanks for sharing!
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Bless you! What great pictures.
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Great photos! Madison is scheduled Sunday for her first nursing home visit. I am so proud of my little girl for taking such an interest in volunteering. I hope she puts such happy faces on the people she visits.

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that is something i have always wanted to do! it really makes a huge dfference for the elderly that live in nursing homes as they have to often say good bye to their own companion animals, it also has been said to help their hearts, and to improve their moods.. you are a very kind hearted person, to give these people such a wonderful gift! and zirc and sofie look like they love all that attention!!!
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That is a wonderful thing you do with the dogs!!! Just think of the joy that it brings to those people....your a good person Jean!!!
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it's a wonderful thing your doing,and I know that these people really really appreciate your kindness,It gives them something to look forward to.that in it's self gives them a reason to keep going. Bless you
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Thank you for your kind words. It is very true that the residents appreicate it, even if they sometimes cannot even say what they are thinking. Darla I wish Madison luck with her visit. Like I said, I have a little trouble with it. I could never be a nurse and have no idea how those people can do that job day in and day out. But the dogs are naturals. Sophia can sit and be petted all day long. Zircon on the other hand has a way of picking a single person out of a group of people (like if we go into the "day room" or the TV room) and the staff always tells me that that person had some special need. I don't know how the dog does it!
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What beautiful photos and how happy the oldies and the furkids look. I work nights in Aged Care and my 2 littlies, Gus and Oscar, come to work with me. They love it there and when I go to work the residents don't say "hello nurse", it is "where are the dogs?" I find if someone isn't settling or upset about something, if I put one of the dogs on the bed they soon calm and go to sleep. The best therapy ever. We have 80% of the residents suffering from alzheimers and they all seem to respond to the dogs where the hu persons not as well. Thank goodness for our best friends. A lot of lives are made much happier because of them.
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Aw, how rewarding this must be, I bet they love it when the poochies come in for a fuss.


I think its such a worth while thing, the power of a dog is amazing,...............it makes you forget what you was worrying about,..even if its for a couple of minutes.


Your babies look gorgous too.

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