Because of several years of health challenges, our hu-dad’s dad was admitted to a nursing home about a year ago. While that decision was certainly a difficult one, we are fortunate that he is at a very well run facility. The facility encourages family members to bring pets (that are well-trained and mannered) to visit because it helps a resident so much. Because of her temperament and behaviors, we selected Cheoah to be the representative of The Herd.
Fans of our Facebook Page have seen update pictures from the facility, but we thought we would do a post on Cheoah and her visits. She is really great around the equipment, various noises, and moving wheel chairs and walkers.
What we did not really anticipate was how much the other residents started looking forward to Cheoah’s visits. It is very rewarding to see the residents smile while spending time with Cheoah (to respect their privacy, we don’t show their faces).
We had a great moment a couple of weeks ago when the hu-dad entered the unit and one of the resident’s didn’t see Cheoah behind him. She cried out, “Where’s the dog?” It always helps for the hu-dad exactly who is the important visitor.
We know that several of our readers also spend some time in nursing homes and hospitals spreading some canine cheer. Since we both spend time canine visiting in a facility and we have a relative who is a resident, we thank you for taking the time. It means a lot.