After neutral dog practice, I went with Linda and Kelly to Stafford Hospital to visit with their two therapy dogs, Muffin and Amber. We visited most of the units, including the ER and ICU. (I, of course, felt right at home there. It was nice to get back into my old kind of setting without having the stress of actually working. I was very happy to be there and have part of my old life back.) The staff seemed to love the dogs. The patients we visited loved the dogs. It filled my heart with joy to see other's smile. This is most definitely, without a doubt, the best volunteer work I have ever done. Wes and I were made for this. I can't wait for the day he gets to orient in the hospital. (He's already shadowed in the schools, but working in the school and the hospital with the dogs is completely different.)
Thank you, again, Kelly and Linda for taking your time to work with me and Topher. Thank you for letting me shadow you today. I will be grinning from ear to ear for several days. Thank you, Kris, for your advice and for always steering me in the right path. You guys are the best! I can't wait for Tanker and Wes, and Topher and I to get our certifications so that we can join you as actual pet partner teams!