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Pet Therapy Dog Tessie Brings Comfort to Hospice Patients

Care Dimensions pet therapy dog Tessie queen of the Kaplan Hospice HouseWednesdays are the best day of the week!

 

My human says in a cheerful voice, “Do you want to go to the Kaplan House and put smiles on people’s faces?”

 

Off we go to visit patients at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, sometimes sporting a decorative outfit in addition to my harness and leash.

 

At their request, I have lain in bed with patients or at their feet. I’ve also sat quietly in a bedside chair.  A few patients have asked if they could take me home!

 

Care Dimensions pet therapy dog Tessie visits female hospice patient

Care Dimensions pet therapy dog Tessie visits with a hospice patient.

Many of the patients tell me about the pets they have had over the years. As they tell their stories, they seem to pet me continuously. That is a wonderful feeling!

 

Recently, I sat with a patient.  My human, the patient, and his family all chatted away. When I left, the patient said, “You made my whole day!”

 

Volunteering at the Kaplan House has been a wonderful experience for me and my human. I bring comfort, smiles, and relaxation to many patients each week.

 

Thus far, I have made over 100 visits to the Kaplan House and look forward to many more rewarding visits.

 

Tessie
Care Dimensions Pet Therapy Dog

 

Learn more about Care Dimensions’ pet therapy program and other complementary therapies for hospice patients.

 

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