Harley was forced to take a “personal day” last week from his pet therapy job because his handler was unavailable. #mybad
So this week – he was more than ready to share some puppy love at the MUSC Children’s Hospital..
Everywhere he roams, he takes time to make people feel special.
Take Kristin the Volunteer and Guests services Admin Assistant.
He looks for her every week. If she’s there, he’ll stroll into her office, pull up a chair and make her feel as if she’s the most important person in his world…
That’s how he rolls #sharesomepuppylove
The 5th floor is generally our first stop.
From the elevator door to the actual ward, there are – four turns and three doors to navigate through.
He was in such a hurry, I couldn’t keep up…
My fluffy four legged GPS knew exactly where he was going. He had a job to do. He was ready to #sharesomepuppylove…
Even though he loves the little humans, the nurses hold the key to his
heart stomach because they always have treats for him…
For hours Harley walked from room to room meeting new friends and celebrating with a few old buddies who are getting stronger and healthier every day.
WE HAVE TRADING CARDS! –
The hospital provides “trading cards” for the volunteer “hairy heroes” and the children are obsessed with collecting them.
Some keep them displayed in their room for all to see and read. Others have them tucked away in little books protected in plastic sleeves like true trading card aficionado’s.
Harley’s cards finally arrived and there were many we needed to pass out!…
They are absodoodlelutely adorable!
His photo is on the front with his name, height, and weight. the back gives his personal “stats” #cantmakethisup
The children are able to learn –
- my name
- his breed
- interests and hobbies
- favorite treats
- awards and training
- special tricks
Handing them out for the first time showed me the priceless value of this token gift.
Each child comes alive as soon as a dog enters their room. Eyes twinkle and faces light up when they see Harley (aka – the big white fluffy dog). As I reach in my smock pocket and pull out a card – WOW! The smiles light up the room.
Harley worked a little OT this week. Maybe he felt he needed to make up for last weeks absence. Whatever the reason, I didn’t mind that he lingered in each and every room, it felt good to be back. #happyhandler
A swing through Chic-Fil-A afterwards for a little “ice dream” on a cup lid completed our day!
Happy to be home, and thrilled with his trading cards, he just kept smiling…
But as I changed out of my volunteer uniform, I noticed the hardest working Doodle in the house was about to crash…
And as I slowly laid back across my bed, I thought “not a bad idea” #handlerdown
If you have a dog you believe could #sharesomepuppylove as a pet therapy volunteer look online for an animal- assisted therapy organization in your state that offers a training program.
Be kind to someone today – you’ll feel marvelous if you do!
This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.