In January, my mom had an accident and was taken by ambulance from Escanaba to Marquette, Michigan by ambulance. She had compound fractures in her tibia and fibula (lower leg) and had surgery to install rods and hardware. After surgery, she developed pneumonia in both lungs and was put into a drug-induced coma in ICU. My sisters and I rushed up there from Madison and spent the next three days at the hospital.
While we there, a therapy dog named Gnarly and his handler, Maggie, gave us a visit. Gnarly and Maggie are Pet Partners!
I have always been the handler with Sheba (dog) or Ben and Sir Huxley (cat). This is the first time I have been on the receiving end of a visit. After spending hours on the road and then hours in ICU, it was so welcome. Maggie was compassionate and caring and Gnarly was simply gnarly!
I am so grateful for Pet Partners and Dogs On Call. I think I will always be a member even if I’m not a handler.
Article by Erin & Huxley from our 2012 Spring newsletter