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Archive for February, 2012

Luci makes a new friend

Luci and I visited Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center’s three children’s hospitals on Wednesday 22 February 10:00AM. We met two other service therapy dogs and their owners for our rounds. One of the dogs was named Bear and he was a large wire-haired pointer Graffon, the other a female Australian Sheppard named Marney. Luci has been with these two several times and has gotten to know them.

However, on this particular morning Bear appeared to have a special interest in Luci and wanted to ‘play with her as he would make short ponces toward her!’ Luci didn’t know how to handle the playfulness of Bear’s affection and would do everything in her power to keep clear of him! He never gave up! Marney is a laid back dog and takes things slow and easy. She is affectionate but doesn’t push herself on people. Most staff know her and Bear because they’ve been in the PUP program for several years.

When we got the children’s reception room there were lots of kids there and soon we began to interact. One particular toddler, age 10 months, was excited about Luci and wanted to hug her which was easier than hugging the larger dogs! Luci appeared to connect with this little tot right away and as I kneeled beside Luci, he would come running in his little bare feet to give her a hug and then hug me:) He did this over and over as his energy was much like of the ‘energizer bunny!’ His snow white blonde curls, big blue eyes, and constant grin was endearing and we were mesmerized with his affection and joyous spirit!

Little blonde curls’s mother was sitting nearby and told me that her mom had a poodle that he loved and played and hugged the same. I thought he probably hugged me because I was much like his grandmother who must be and a big part of this play action!

This went on for 15 or more minutes and it was one of the most fun and rewarding adventures we’ve had thus far with the children:) My thoughts settled in after we got home and I concluded that, “God certainly loves the little children and service therapy dogs! To be able to spread that much goodwill, happiness, smiles, and trust with the world to see!”

I said to my hubby a few days later, “I’ve not done anything in my life that has brought me more happiness, internal joy and peace as what the Lord has given me than being the owner of little Luci, our service therapy pup who makes the world a much brighter place for so many!” Truly, I meant and mean it from the depths of my heart and soul…God has richly blessed me with this age and stage of my life.

Sheri DeLoach
February 26, 2012
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Weekly visit to Hillcrest Hospital

Luci and I go drive to Hillcrest Hospital each week to visit with the patients. She loves going and has a special Hillcrest Service Therapy Dog vest and her own name tag! I wear an official jacket from Hillcrest that identifies me as a volunteer with the PUP program, and a name badge too.

Luci becomes so excited when I start to get our things ready to go that she can hardly stay still:) She knows where we keep everything and leads me to it. She carries her leash in her mouth all the way to the car. The passenger seat, we call, “Luci’s seat, and it’s covered with an old white sheet!” She has her own cup of water in the drink holder! Once settled in, away we go! She usually sits in the seat or reclines with her head near me so that I can pet her:) She is definitely a ‘hands-on-dogie!’ Our destination is around 8 miles from home and she can sense when we turn into the parking lot and gets excited again! We take a walk around the parking lot and visit the grassy areas before entering the hospital.

Most times we meet several other members and their dogs for our rounds. It is more fun going with a ‘pack!’ Luci is the smallest of all the dogs and can run under most of them! She doesn’t seem to mind being a ‘shortie’ and many times leads the pack! She likes to move fast down the hospital halls!

Our fave place to visit is the three Children’s Hospitals, all in the same building. The last time we visited there, many of the staff and moms/dads/sisters/brothers wanted to pet Luci and tell us about their dogs! Luci has not met anyone she didn’t like! She is a ‘people friendly dog!’ And has the temperment it takes for all situations we come across in the hospital. She is good with tiny children who have IV’s in their arms, feet, and legs. I lift her up to their level and they can pet her head! Luci looks like she is smiling all the time and this happy feeling she emits transfers to the children, parents, nurses, staff, and passer by people!

Luci and I are planning a trip out of town next month for her Delta evaluation which will give her the credentials for service work anywhere.

Service dogs are a special gift from God, not only to the people they serve but to their owners and family.
My hubby and son are crazy about Luci and she is for certain a ‘FAMILY MEMBER!’

Anyone interested in what is required for becoming a service therapy dog, please let me know. Can direct you to the person(s) in charge and would love to have more dogs doing this goodwill/charity work!