It has been a stressful time over here. Although we are not near the fires in southern California, a lot of our friends are, and some have even lost their homes. My human was feeling blue for that, and a lot of other reasons, and it was hard for her to get motivated. But she made herself get ready and get in the mood to be the human half of my therapy team. I knew I could rely on her.
We visited one of my regular hospitals, and we were the only team this time. I like that better because I am more free to walk on my leash. When we are working alongside a dog team, I have to stay in my sling more often. I enjoyed visiting staff on each floor before going to the rooms for the patients.
Most of my patients were older ladies this time. The first one was a sweet Korean lady who was standing in the hallway. My human held me up and she petted me and chattered away. My human had no idea what she was saying… but I did, and it was mostly flattering things about me!
Because the floor was quiet, and there weren’t a lot of patients, we spent an extra long time with a frail, elderly lady and her son. The lady only spoke Spanish, so her son communicated with my human. I settled on the bed with the lady and relaxed while she petted me. They were both very nice, animal loving people. The son loved his mother a lot — you could feel the strength of the bond between them. He was very grateful for our visit.
Not all our visits were great, though! There was one lady surrounded by a big family, and they invited me in and insisted that the patient wanted to see me. But when my human put the sheet down on the bed and put me on it, the lady just looked at me like she had no idea why I was there! I guess her family were the cat lovers, and she wasn’t. So we packed up and went elsewhere. We did find a younger woman a few rooms down who was dressed in street clothes and getting ready to leave the hospital. But she was happy to visit with me for a few minutes, and I did a High Five for her.
Our final visit was with an older lady. She was one of my favorite types of patients — her face lit up the moment she saw me! She was a big animal lover, and I was so happy to curl up with her and give her purr therapy. The woman asked my human lots of questions about our organization, and even wanted a brochure so she could send them a donation. I love the work I do, and it is an extra special bonus when it is appreciated so much.
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