June 8, 2010
My most memorable story was with my second Therapet, Koda-Rae. This was one of her first visits to the hospital so she was still learning the process. We entered the room of a young woman who was sitting in the chair next to her bed. She said she wanted to visit with the dogs but she never made eye contact with me. I walked Koda over to the chair where she sat and waited for the petting to begin. As this patient stroked Koda, the words and tears begin flowing. She was recently diagnosed with cancer, she missed her home, her husband, her two young children and HER dog. She cried and told Koda how afraid she was and angry that this burden had been placed upon her. I kept quiet, knowing this had NOTHING to do with me. This was between her and Koda....I was only the transportation that got her to the hospital that day. When all was said, she hugged Koda and finally looked at me and said, "She's an angel." Trying to lighten the mood a bit, I said, "Girl! You haven't tried living with her!." As serious as she could have been she replied, "Today. She's MY angel." Since then, both of my Therapets have gone to heaven but I'm training a new one and I absolutely cannot wait to get back out there.
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