Therapy dogs

We have had golden retrievers for the past 35 years (8 so far). Dogs have always been an integral part of our family’s life. For the past 10 years I have been involved in Animal Assisted Therapy at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. It has been the most rewarding thing I have ever been involved with. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be part of this wonderful program. So far I have had three dogs as Therapy Dogs; Spud, Becky and JackieO. I always knew how much my comforted me over the years, especially with the unexpected death of my husband, and now I have seen the magic they bring to sick patients in the hospital. The visitors and doctors and nurses love it just as much. There’s nothing like seeing a patients reaction when they see the dog at the door to visit them. I highly recommend this kind of volunteering in your community. It’s like nothing else you can do with your best friend.

— Wendy from Naperville, IL