Janel J. had one Standard Poodle, Ebony, but thought she needed another Standard Poodle playmate, so she began contacting breeders. Baron joined the family a short time later. Ebony is five years old; Baron is four.
Hospital visits appeal to Janel and she’s already started the process to volunteer at Meriter, St. Mary’s, and UW Hospital.
Baron, my standard-size poodle, and I go to St Mary’s each week. One of the floors we always stop at is the Cardiac floor. There was a gentleman there who it was hard to tell how old, but probably in his 50’s. Because of the type of Down’s Syndrome he had, he wasn’t able to speak. When Baron and I walked in the room, he got very excited and squeaked with delight. Baron walked right over to him and laid his head in the gentleman’s lap. The man was so happy he had tears in his eyes, which made me tear up. It was a rewarding visit and brought home to me how wonderful it is to be a therapy dog team. October is Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month. A truly rewarding experience for us and I’m sure for the patient as well.