Hope

It’s difficult to describe what it feels like when you witness your dog bringing out the best in people, particularly those who are struggling the most with their health or mental capacity.

Hope and I were visiting at the Health and Rehab center this morning. We were in the lock down memory care area and Hope was sitting next to a wheelchair getting pets from a nonverbal patient who breaks out in a huge grin every time she sees Hope or her sister, Faith.

Another woman was walking around the room barefoot and rather unsteady, while murmuring incoherently. She walked over to Hope, said something to her, and reached out to pet Hope on the head. She stood there for a few minutes petting, murmuring, and smiling.

And that’s when I heard one of the room attendants say “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen her not be mean to somebody.” 

It’s difficult to describe what it feels like when you witness your dog bringing out the best in people, particularly those who are struggling the most with their health or mental capacity. Fur Angels? You betcha! I’m just blessed to be their chauffeur.

Hope and her handler Debbie have been certified for six years. They are certified with Love on a Leash and Alliance of Therapy Dogs. They live and work in Hendersonville, North Carolina.