How about puppies? My kids and I bring puppies to a nursing home every week. A local pet store lets us pick out two to bring around. It's a day brightener for everyone: staff, residents and us too!
I used to bring our two larger breed dogs--a big golden retriever and a collie mix-- to the Baptist Home nursing home for 7 years. When our golden retriever died, we added a very affectionate Newfoundland mix named Sophie from an animal shelter. One man, Arvid, especially loved our dogs. He came alive, excited to hug and pet them.
|That's a bunny, not a funny looking dog on the left,|
Then, one of the staff members passing in the hallway stopped and looked into the room. She called to the other staff to come quickly, "Come see Arvid!" she said excitedly. Four employees stood outside his door in awe. Arvid had not responded to anyone in months. We had no idea until then. One of the staff members said she was going to start bringing her dog into see Arvid.
That was several years ago. Those dogs have since died. Four years ago we switched to the St. Vincent's Nursing Home and asked the local pet store if we could take a couple puppies to visit residents for around an hour and a half a week. They agreed. Inadvertently, we've sold at least 3 of their puppies--one of them to us. We have another dog we got from the pound, but most weeks, we just take the puppies from the pet store because they are such a joy to everyone--us included.
|Can you find Diego? He's ours.|
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