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    Faithful Friends Program

    did not know where to post this....

    just saw presentation on NBC Brian Williams news about a program
    at Maryland University Hospital that allows patients own pets to come visit them...patients who are seriously ill from major surgery...
    they showed one example of a young man who had transplant
    surgery getting visits from his Lab...and how it helped him recover....

    all dogs in these programs are screened, groomed and checked for all
    vaccinations...
    these programs are said to be growing in popularity in hospitals and
    hospices...

    sounds right to me.

    jess...and Sparky
    Last edited by jrnyc; 07-28-2013 at 08:27 PM.

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    As much as I love my animals when I have them, I don't think I would want them in the hospital with me. However, when I had a surgery and was recovering at home my late Chihuahua, Juliet, laid by my side nearly motionless while I recovered. I didn't even have to get up to take her potty as she was litter box trained. The only problem with having her there was once, when a friend came to visit she stood up snarling and barking which made such a ruckus that I HAD to get up to calm her down. But, in her defense, my friend was inconsiderate and didn't make arrangements in advance to come and walked right into my bedroom while I was sleeping. I was more irritated with my friend than my dog! LOL
    Be happy!
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    but we are alive today!

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    what a great little watch dog you had!
    i do not blame Juliet one bit for protecting you!

    woofs...
    Last edited by jrnyc; 06-19-2013 at 03:21 PM.

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    I have 2 cats. One who sleeps with me. When I got home ,last Thursday, she was so happy and excited to see me. If I was in my bed, she never left my side
    Melissa

    All surgeries are on hold right now

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    so glad for your loyal kitty, Melissa...
    i know what joy pets can bring...a smile when sometimes nothing
    else can...

    hope you feel better every day...
    jess...and Sparky

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    so glad for your loyal kitty, Melissa...
    i know what joy pets can bring...a smile when sometimes nothing
    else can...

    hope you feel better every day...
    jess...and Sparky
    Not doing well today..lot's of pain

    Thanks for asking
    Melissa

    All surgeries are on hold right now

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    Very cool, Jess.

    I know that Shriners in Philly offered pet therapy when my son had his surgery, but I imagine for most pet owners, there's nothing quite like having your own pet right there with you!

    Woofs.....
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 15, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently holding around 26 degrees)
    Under care of Dr. Randal Betz since 2004

    Also mom to Nicole (22) and Danny (25)

    Link to VBS Website: www.vertebralstapling.com

    Janet Cerrone, PA to Dr. Betz janetcerrone@spineandscoliosis.com or (609) 912-1500

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    Melissa...so sorry you are having such a rough day today...

    Maria...hope lots of hospitals follow suit with Philly!

    woofs back from me and Sparky

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    By the way, Jackie turned 4 this past Tuesday!

    Seems like just yesterday we brought her home from the shelter as a 6 month old pup!
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 15, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently holding around 26 degrees)
    Under care of Dr. Randal Betz since 2004

    Also mom to Nicole (22) and Danny (25)

    Link to VBS Website: www.vertebralstapling.com

    Janet Cerrone, PA to Dr. Betz janetcerrone@spineandscoliosis.com or (609) 912-1500

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    happy 4th birthday sweet Jackie...

    hospitals would do so well with therapy dogs available to
    all patients...
    they used to bring therapy dogs into a school i worked at for
    emotionally disturbed children...of course the kids loved it...

    i know people with new spines cannot move any which way....
    but calm dogs will just lay with the patient....and help bring
    them calm and joy...
    great medicine for anyone...

    jess...and Sparky

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    I would love this program. We have two dogs, a big old lovable boxer named Taylor who doesn't eat or play too well when I am not around. (Luckily she attached ok to my mom and did well while I was gone for surgery) and we also have a sweet energetic min pin named Harley. I would have loved a visit from either of them and my min pin is my little cuddle bug, she is 6 lbs.
    When I got home, Taylor's head lands perfectly level with my bed and she would prop up right there and just watch me. God love her! Harley on the other hand had to be monitored a bit closer as she liked to run across me and it wasn't so comfortable. She did better to curl up with me once I was positioned. Taylor also laid right next to the bed day and night which caused a hazard when I would get up. She is an older dog, getting hard on hearing, so I would just have to remember to jostle my feet first to wake and move her. She ALWAYS knew when I was having a bad day. Still does. Never leaves my side. She has cancer and arthritis pretty bad but she would be walking the house with me every day! My sweet girl.
    Our own pets can be the best therapy ever!
    *Jen
    Fusion surgery with Dr. Chang May 7, 2013
    Pre-T:50 L:48
    Post-T:20 L:0
    Degenerative disk disease through spine and neck with bulging disks as well. Spinal cord deformity in the area of C5-6.
    {On the road to a lifetime of forever with a back not holding me down!! Vacations, playtime with the kids, adult excursions! Life is moving forward not holding me back }

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    how sweet, Jen...

    am mourning a Dalmatian named Sable...she had to be put down last week...she was very old, incontinent, going blind...
    she lived in CA, next door to my aunt's house...
    sweet, independent dog...Dallies get a bad rap....do not deserve
    it, in my experience...

    nothing can put a smile on a patient's face as fast as a dog...
    like watching magic work...
    i wish every hospital could have a pet therapy program...
    pets...not just for children...

    woofs

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