Every time we visit, we leave with a warm feeling, knowing that we made a difference in the life of someone we met.
His mother stopped him and told him he could not cry or he would scare the dog. He quickly wiped his tears and began petting Tinsley. And then the smile appeared.
One time we were asked to visit a patient because the nurse was trying to start an IV. When we went to the exam room, we were greeted by an excited child and a grateful parent.
More than one parent has said to me, “That is the first time my child has smiled since we got here.”
The dogs have such a positive effect on the parents and staff, not just the kids. I’m blessed to have this opportunity. This volunteer work doesn’t feel like work at all!