I went on a last minute therapy cat visit this week. Because my human works at home and runs her own business, she is often free to take me places during the week. Our therapy organization knows this, so when a sudden cancellation came up, they asked me to fill in. It was a visit to one of my usual hospitals… but it wasn’t like any visit I had before. It was for a doctor’s memorial service.
This doctor, Robert Tefft, was a very special person. He was a pediatric doctor, and became a faculty member for White Memorial’s Pediatric Residency program. Dr. Tefft was extremely well respected by the staff, but when he retired, he went onto another amazing vocation. He became Captain Bob, and worked with Pilots N Paws, a group of volunteer pilots who help transport rescue animals. So this wonderful man saved both human and animal lives. That’s why they wanted a couple of us therapy pets at his memorial service.
So instead of visiting patients, my human took me to the chapel at the hospital, to Dr. Tefft’s memorial service. It confused me a little at first because we just stood there at the back, with me on my leash. I kept wanting to go walk somewhere, but my human kept putting me back next to my carrier. Finally, I laid down and waited patiently while the service went on. At one point, they asked both my human and the human from the other therapy team to bring us up front and talk a little about us, and our therapy pet program. When we finished, my human let me walk down the aisle on my leash. Some people wanted to pet me and that was nice.
This was a very different sort of therapy cat visit, but it was really nice to be there and honor Dr. Tefft.