I had my second visit at the children’s hospital yesterday. My human and I are still learning our way around, so we had one of the employees accompany us. The hospital is not really all that big, so next time we go, I bet we will be able to do it on our own.
The visits here are different in that there is only one therapy pet doing visits. Since we don’t have a dog team to coordinate with, I am free to walk on my leash as much as I want… well, as long as I am walking in the right direction! Sometimes I’m just determined to go somewhere else. For some reason, my human doesn’t trust me to know where I am needed, so in those cases, she picks me up and carries me.
While we were waiting for the employee to bring us around, I visited with patients in the lobby area, and made lots of them smile! Then we went to some of the exam rooms on the first floor. One boy we visited remembered me from my first visit there a few weeks ago! I also visited a little girl who was so thrilled to see me. My human finally has a working camera, so she was able to take a photo of me with the girl. Usually I don’t like being picked up and held. But I was very cooperative with this little girl, which was a good thing because my human had to take the photo twice. The first time the camera was out of film and didn’t warn her! But I did not squirm once.
The second floor is where pre-op and rehab are located. The doctor up in pre-op remembered me — well, I guess I am kind of hard to forget! There were a couple of patients to visit. One was a little boy who was anxious to see me. When my human placed me on the bed, though, he got a little scared. He thought I might scratch him. As if! We all assured him that I was very gentle and would not ever lay a mean paw on him. In fact, I liked him quite a bit, so I was glad when he started to relax around me. The employee was surprised I just sat there with the boy, but that is what I do.
Because it is a small hospital, we make our rounds and usually end earlier than at the other, bigger hospitals. But I am perfectly willing to stay as long as it takes to see all the children who need me.