It’s always a treat when Doodle Mom lets these paws near her laptop. She doesn’t do it often – rarely in fact, but I’m grateful when it occurs just the same. She was so pleased with my behavior Christmas Day, after dinner she told me I could write our holiday recap post.

I know many of you are still on “vacay” so I’ll be brief and let you get back to your activities.

One of Doodle Mom’s favorite seasonal tunes that she likes to jam to in the house is “Dashing Through The Snow.” She get’s “jiggy” with that jingle bell chorus part too. You should see her spinning around with Mr. Dyson (as in vacuum cleaner) –


Oh yeah, while she was making coffee and hitting those high notes with the radio, I started opening my gifts…


By mid morning we were in route to meet my human siblings at my Grandma’s for Christmas dinner… I love visiting my Grandma and the rest of my friends at the Assisted Living Facility.

I’m getting pretty good at this whole “Therapy Dog” thing. I finally understand my job – and I’m doing it well. Like in Doodle Mom’s favorite song “Dashing Through The Snow.” – I’m “making spirits bright”

Yes, those are my Grandma's feet!

Yes, those are my Grandma’s feet! Like my new snazzy Martingale Dog Collar?

It’s around noon thirty, I’m getting comfy and contemplating a nap, when we get a text message –


It was Tiffany, my other human sibling. We gather our things, say our goodbyes and race to the car…


Thank the Doodle the emergency room wasn’t far. If you know my mom, then you know she doesn’t really like to leave me in the car. Doodle Dad, told her “go, I’ll stay with Harley.” They made her a badge, and she jogged down the corridor looking for her daughter…

Don't ask me why there's no photo...

Don’t ask me why there’s no photo…

No one ever “really” explained to me what was wrong with Tiffany, they talked in code. Said it was “private.” They did tell me she would be fine so I’m okay with no details.

But I bet you never saw anyone in the ER smiling so much…



Doodle Mom went to the nurses station, told them I was a therapy dog, explained we had just come from visiting my Grandma, shared her concerns about leaving me in a cold parked car, and showed them my “credentials.

BAZINGA, I was in…


The nurses loved stopping by to play with me…


And when they said Tiffany could go home, I showed them love right back…


Before we left they asked Mom if I could visit someone who didn’t feel well but would love to see me. He was a really, really nice man and they were right – he was happy to see me. There aren’t any pictures of that visit – Mom said “some things are meant to be private!” I do want to go back and visit again – and I think we will.

The rest of the day was full of laughter, good food, family and friends.


I got a duck that just can’t seem to get enough of me…


How was your holiday?

Try “making spirits bright” AND as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with all your friends!

  • Caren Gittleman
    December 26, 2014

    I am glad to read that all is ok with Tiffany, that had to be terrifying! So happy that Harley was able to go in and see her, that had to make her feel better too! Ugh, an Emergency Room on Christmas? NOT fun!!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 26, 2014

      Thanks Caren – I was proud of Mr. Harley. He did a great job. How was your holiday?

  • Emma
    December 26, 2014

    Glad your Christmas was nice and the ER visit wasn’t something serious. I wish I could get into the hospital, but I’m not a therapy dog.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 26, 2014

      Emma, you would be the bestest 🙂 therapy dog EVER! so would Bailey and Katie. Thinking about coming your way this spring (Woodbury MN) to visit family. Is that close to you?

  • DashLilly
    December 26, 2014

    Oh Harley — you are so wonderful!! Harley to the rescue!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 27, 2014

      Yes Dash & Lilly, in this instance he was absodoodletutely wonderful!

  • Pamela | Something Wagging This Way Comes
    December 27, 2014

    Seeing how happy your hu-sister looked made me think doodle fur must have healing properties.

    So glad your training as a therapy dog gave you the chance to make so many people happy on Christmas day. You gave a wonderful gift!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 27, 2014

      Thanks Pamela. Yes, Harley really made those other patients smile, I chose not to take photo’s but those moments will remain with me for a very long time. He does have healing properties – dogs/pets can do incredible things!

  • Ann Staub
    December 27, 2014

    How sweet of you! Glad the human sisfur was OK. I joked with my mom that wouldn’t it be cool if Shiner could come in and visit her at the hospital while she was there. She said she didn’t think they allowed dogs but it was a nice thought 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 27, 2014

      Ann, to be honest I wasn’t sure whether or not they would even allow him in – but they did 🙂

  • Rebekah
    December 27, 2014

    I’m glad your human sister is ok!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 28, 2014

      Thank you so much Rebekah. It was quite scary in the beginning, but all is well now. Harley made some new friends along the way and we will definitely go back and visit again.

  • Jan K
    December 28, 2014

    That is definitely not something anyone wants to have to do on Christmas…go to the ER. We’re just glad everything turned out OK, and that Harley was able to get in there and cheer everyone up! Everything happens for a reason, right, and maybe Harley getting to visit that man was the reason?

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 28, 2014

      JanK – I thought the same exact thing. I believe that everything happens for a reason and you’re right – we were supposed to bring he and Harley together. He was an elderly man, alone, and waiting for a bus to take him back to his nursing home. It is certainly something I will never forget.

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    December 28, 2014

    What a great visit!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 28, 2014

      It did turn out to be a wonderful holiday Jan. Happy New Year!

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