I have been putting this off for a long time. I meant to write this 2 years ago when the Doggie Brigade celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The first story about Kelly was published in the Pet Partners National Therapy magazine a few years ago. Kelly passed away in May. I love the story about Sandy and wanted to have a story for each of my dogs.
I was at the hospital with my Lhasa Apso mix, Sandy, who has been a member of Doggie Brigade for 7 years. We were on the 7th floor when we saw a toddler in a wagon. The little girl’s mom was trying to get her to drink from a juice box.
She told me that they were trying to avoid putting an IV in the little girl and that if she would drink enough she wouldn’t need one. I looked at the little girl and asked if we could walk with them.
Then I told the mother I wanted to try something: “Take a drink for the Doggie!” I cajoled. “Show the doggie how much you can drink!”
Sure enough she took a big sip of her juice box. The dog and I walked next to the wagon and every few feet or so everyone around would say, “Take a drink for the doggie!”
It worked: no IV for this little one!
Kelly (Bichon Frise, female) and I were walking past a room where a teenage girl was sobbing. I asked the nurse if there was anything I could do and she told me to come back in a little while after they had the girl more settled in. She had just finished a very difficult procedure and was in a great deal of pain.
We came back to the room and I put Kelly on the bed. Fifteen minutes later the nurse came back. She asked the girl what her level of pain was now.
The girl looked at me, then at the nurse, and replied, “Before the dog came in it was a 10, now since the dog has been here it is a 6!” This is why I have volunteered as a member of Brigade for almost 10 years.