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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Therapy Dogs at Strong Hospital
At Strong Memorial Hospital, where I am employed, specially trained dogs participate in the PETS (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization) Program. Hospital staff report remarkable changes in patients and families in the presence of dogs. They are great stress relievers and cause anxious patients to relax.
It is not as simple as bringing a dog into the patient areas. The dogs must receive extensive behavioral training, have medical exams twice a year, and be properly groomed. I am told one of the tests a prospective dog must pass is the ability to walk past a bowl of food and leave it alone. . . my dogs would never do that!
When these dogs enter the hospital with their red "Strong PETS" bandannas, heads turn, faces light up, and people crowd around to pet them.
This program has been so successful that they have been awarded a 2012 Board of Excellence Award for Team Excellence.
Born and raised in Pensacola, Florida (Escambia High Class of '66), I have lived in Rochester, NY since 1974. Throughout my blog, in pictures and words, I will share my journey through life. I am a person with many interests, traveling, bicycling, kayaking and canoeing, sporting clays, target shooting, spending time with family, friends, and my Labrador Retrievers, Morgan and Bailey, smoking meat in my Weber smoker, to name just a few. I am a Conservative Republican and a strong believer in Second Amendment Rights. Feel free to stop by often and leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from those who find their way to my blog and through blogging, I've made friends all over the world.