I'm a little behind in posting (and just about everything else), but the dogs had their holiday pet therapy visit at the hospital Wednesday evening and some pictures we took are below.
Here's the three therapy dogs, Jazz, Sammie, and Tess, in front of a beautiful display of poinsettias in the lobby. The girls were wearing their Santa outfits and Uncle Jim kept telling everyone they were "Santamatians." We also teased everyone that the girls were getting holiday pay for wearing the Santa suits. Everyone got a good chuckle over that.
Jazz and Tess in front of one of the beautifully decorated trees at the hospital.
Here are the girls again showing off their Santa suits in front of the poinsettias. When we placed the three dogs in this location, people gathered and cell phone cameras were going off all over! One young couple stopped and asked to take a photo. When we agreed, the husband handed the cell phone to his wife, and she promptly suggested that he take the photo himself, since it was his phone. Well, he insisted that she take the photo, because he was going to get in there and pose with the dogs, which he did, to her chagrin! It was a very funny exchange.
We love our pet therapy visits at the hospital. The dogs are appreciated by so many, patients, staff, visitors. The staff from the floor we visit sent a tray of cookies for us because they wanted us to know how much they appreciated the pet therapy visits. They say the patients are still talking about the dogs the next day!
The pet therapy program has grown at UPMC Passavant, and we're very happy to be a part of that. While we're off for the holidays, we're going to make a special visit to the Cancer Center. The dogs will spread a little holiday cheer to folks receiving their chemo treatments. We wish we could visit there more often, but we have to go during the daytime hours and we can only do that when the three handlers are off of work!
Happy Holidays from the hardest working "Santamatians" in town!!