I explained to Luci where we were going and what we would be doing! Meeting new people, saying hello and being a good girl. With her cooperation we got her dressed! New red Providence HCN vest with Pet Partner Therapy Dog monogrammed in green! On with the collar and leash - Pink! Last piece was the Green & Red Jingle Bell Velvet collar! It took a few minutes for her to get used to the bells a jingling!
Off we go in the car! She has her own seat, the passenger's seat, covered in a white sheet,..you see, corgi's shed hair all year! I MUST keep my right hand on her back, keeping her calm!
The morning was very cold, rainy, and strong north gusty wind! Luci loves cold weather but not find of wind & rain on her! Our parking place is "anywhere" we can find! Literally, we walked a half mile to hospital entrance! We had a couple of potty stops which is a must!
Finally, into the warm lobby of the hospital and down to the cafeteria! We had a few minutes of wait time,..long enough employees and staff to stop and visit! Luci loves people and to be petted! We get asked lots of questions about her breed and where puppies can be found for sale!
Upon command, Luci stays right beside me as we walked through the food line. She's well trained for doing this and to "leave-it" if there is a scrap of food on floor!
The traditional Christmas Dinner was served by a pleasant staff and I enjoyed the meal! Many of the Pet Partner teams were doing other appearances so we didn't have the usual crew of 6-8 dogs there!
We visited the HR department and picked up a new name tag for Luci! She made several new friends there! Then off to the Volunteer Department to pick up a Providence shirt for me! Again, several new friends were added to our "followers!"
Last stop was the Gift Shoppe where there were many busy shoppers but not too busy for Luci to get petted & loved!
Back to the raw outside elements to find our car! We walked a little faster this time! No potty stops!
Luci was ready to "Go Home!" It was a long morning for her,..me too! About two/half hours in hospital and another half hour, both ways to the car!
One last comments, as we were leaving the Gift Shoppe, we walked by a BIG BLUE Christmas tree! I asked a staff person if she would snap a few shots of Luci & I by the gorgeous tree! She did! And we have 'proof' of our volunteering Pet Therapy that day last week!
Written by Sheri DeLoach
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14 December 2013
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