Thread: Nursing Home Bonus!
#1 Nursing Home Bonus!01-10-2009, 10:20 PM
SLW and I took the greyhounds to the nursing home today
as we always do every month. The pooches really give a lot
of the folks there a lift and they almost all enjoy seeing the dawgs.
I've mentioned before that one of the residents is a WWII Vet. We
got to talk to him a little today. He was in the US Navy and served
in the Pacific on a PT boat!! I asked him where his boat saw action
but although he heard the question he couldn't remember and I didn't
press him. He wanted to pet the dogs and that of course was why
we were there. I'll have to see if I can find out more info on him in
the future but for today we both thanked him for his service and
moved on down the hall. :)May the FORCE be with you!
01-11-2009, 12:06 AM
We've seen this gentleman before. He always wears a "World War II Veteran" cap. He's never spoken before. Usually we chat with all of the residents. Sadly, he's in the Alzheimer's Unit. Today he was better.
Don't know what made me say it, but told him about Pres George Herbert Walker Bush having the carrier named after him today. We asked him what branch of the service he was in and he told us "Navy". SR asked him where he served, and he said he was on a PT boat. The closest he could say was he was in the "North Pacific".
Even Blue went up to let himself be petted. Usually our shy pooch doesn't do that.
The vet smiled when we called him sir and thanked him for his service. It made out day.
The sad part was Clara, the sweet little lady who's almost 100, wasn't there. She had a bad fall and went to a different nursing home. I'll really miss her; she was a sweetie.
01-11-2009, 02:01 AM
you guys are wonderful. It really does make an incredible difference in the lives of our elders to have pet visitors!I smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.
01-11-2009, 01:01 PMAint but three things in this world thats worth a solitary dime,
- Join Date
- May 2008
But old dogs and children and watermelon wine.
Tom T. Hall
01-11-2009, 07:34 PM
I've felt so bad about it and fretted for some time. Yesterday the young girl told me that it was the patient's fault. She had patted the bed and told Darlene to come into bed with her. Darlene was way too willing to oblige.
Now either SR or I hold Darlene's leash. But I'm glad to know that Darlene was being a good girl.
Good for you taking your Westie there. Most of the patients love seeing the dogs and love even more talking to them. I've never seen visitors with some of those folks and Saturday morning is generally the day when you'll see visitors there.
And Lurky, you are an angel doing what you do.
01-11-2009, 07:37 PM
It is so good of both of you to brighten the days of the patients. You must feel a huge sense of pride.. or maybe humility, when you leave. Especially after visiting with the heroes from wars past.
If you take pics of the dogs at the nursing homes, like you did in the past, please post them. I always liked seeing them. Put cute clothing on them first though. :D
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