Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Dogs


I apologize for such a lousy photograph, but it was the best I could do at the time. This was taken in a hospital (we were there for a very minor procedure). For some reason the hospital thought it would be a good idea to bring in some "therapy dogs" for the patients.

A few of the "therapy dog" people got creative and decorated the dogs with Easter trimmings, so you can see the lead dog in the picture has bunny ears attached to its head. What that has to do with Easter is a question for another time.

But the dogs were cute! I thought it was interesting, though, that while most people welcomed the dogs and enjoyed human/dog contact, others were not very happy about it. I suppose they feared introducing more germs than necessary into the hospital environment.

Special note:  I did some additional research on the "Jeep Egg."  I don't think there is any such thing.  That car, it appears, is not a Jeep at all, but a "Smart Car," known as a Smart Car For Two.  It was the sign in the window that threw me.

15 comments:

Rob Siemann said...

I'm a big fan of "pet therapy"!

Small City Scenes said...

Therapy dogs could be a good thing.
Smart car---duh!
MB

William Kendall said...

Cute pups!

bill burke said...

I would love to see therapy animals. They are good for people, at least people who love pets would welcome them.

RedPat said...

Most people get a real lift from interacting with a dog!
The car fooled us all! You should have saved it for tomorrow - April 1!

Marleen said...

A dog with bunny ears... my goodness!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I confess to not being a dog lover. (And I know that identifies me as some sort of a sociopath at the very least). I've told family members that the fastest way to get rid of me will be to drop a therapy dog in my lap when I'm in the hospital or nursing home. (I think I saw certain people making notes when I said that). In my defense, I have learned to like most of the dogs that belong to our kids .... just not the ones that belong to strangers.

magiceye said...

The things we make dogs do! Sigh..

Kay said...

They've measured lower blood pressure when people interact with dogs. And nobody's forced to get their lovin'.

orvokki said...

Never hear - dog terrapin in hospital ! Strange. But maybe it would be a good idea, but in the same hospital as human goes...

Kate said...

Lowell, Therapy dogs are such an important service! Wild Wendy is a certified therapy dog and can visit places in all of the USA states. Therapy dogs go through several weeks of training and are tested prior to being licensed by one of two agencies in the USA. and must pass the exam before being certified. It also includes a veterinary exam for the dog. Review and retesting is done each year at a prescribed time. Before entering a hospital (we interviewed for a children's hospital here in St. Paul) I had to pass a medical exam that included several kinds of inoculations—a standard procedure for all dogs and handlers. WW has gone into hospitals and care centers at private homes. She loves it as do the patients. I am now exploring taking her to the airport and schools. Just thought I'd add this information so you and your followers are aware of the training and requirements for therapy dogs and their handlers. I hope that you enjoyed your exposure to the therapy dogs you saw! WW sends her love: woof! woof!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think pet therapy is a brilliant idea Lowell, but hard as it is to imagine, I guess there are a few people who aren't keen on animals.. unbelievable oui ☺

Sharon Anck said...

This made me chuckle. When I had surgery two years ago, while I was in the surgery prep room being cleansed of germs, a guy came in with a therapy dog to see me. The nurse was not amused. She didn't say anything to the volunteer handler but, when he left, she said now we have to wipe down your hands and arms again.

Sam Nang said...

I would love to see therapy animals. They are good for people, at least people who love pets would welcome them.

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Laura. M said...

It's a good therapy, in hospitals in Spain they also do it.
Un abrazo.

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