||One year, seven months old|
||Springfield, Ohio, USA|
is special because he loves people and is a real joy to be
around. Samson is a Certified Delta Dog and does Animal Assisted
Activities at The Ohio State University Hospital every other Friday
night at 7:30 PM. This time of the day and week are
good, because there aren't a whole lot of people wandering around the
Hospital at this time. Otherwise, we would never make it up to the 8th floor!
We get stopped every so few feet with people wanting to know what kind of dog
he is and are marveled by how big he is, and want to know why he's in the
hospital. When we finally get to the floor (same floor each time), we check in
at the Nurse's station. This can take a long time too, because it's kind of a
therapy for them as well. We then go to as many rooms as possible to see if
patients are interested in visiting with Samson. Samson will say "Hi," and get
his "pets," and then be ready to move on. Because many people aren't familiar
with the Great Pyrenees, I give them a little history lesson about the breed,
and explain as much about him as I can. We then find out if the patient has
any pets and so on. Most patients on the floor that we go to are
non-ambulatory, so just the petting goes on. Occasionally some will feed him a
treat. He enjoys visiting the people because of all the attention that he
attracts and the people that he visits enjoy it even more.
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