From Kelli Whitfield:
Just had to share a note about Winston’s (Finnabair Winston O’Reilley RN BN)new title. Today we received a letter from the AKC confirming Winston’s Therapy Dog title or THD. Winston and I became Pet Partners with the Delta Society last year and we have been making therapy visits to local sub-acute and Assisted Living Facilities. The dog and handler team must complete 50 visits to earn the title.
Winston and I are still visiting and his visits are very rewarding. I never knew how meaningful our visits were until one of our favorite residents( I will call her Mrs C) passed away at one of the facilities where we visit regularly. Mrs C noticed that Winston was watching a Western on her TV one day at a visit and she always tried to find a Western for Winston every time we visited after that. She passed away a few months ago and she had no family and there was no service for her. I know that the visits from Winston were really enjoyable for her and I am so glad we could visit her and make a difference. I still find myself stopping outside her door to visit and then remember she is not there. The first day we visited after she was in the hospital, Winston stopped at her door and sat as we were walking down the hallway to her room. Even the activities coordinator noticed! I know his visits added a bright spot to her day and mine.
It is so rewarding to see the residents smile and call Winston’s name. They may not remember my name but they always remember Winston’s! Just wanted to share another way that these great Glens can have an impact.