Therapy Dog Provides Companionship for Hospice Residents

Skookum knows what residents and visitors to Red Deer Hospice need — a furry, friendly face. The 11-year-old bichon-shih tzu visits the hospice at least once a week with his owner. Skookum became a therapy dog by chance after visiting a local nursing home.

Skookum, a natural at soothing people's demeanor, has been making people smile at the hospice for about five years. Some hospice residents have enjoyed the dog’s company so much that they invite him to curl up on their bed.
If he’s not attending to patients, visitors or staff, he relaxes under the dining room table near the front door to welcome people entering the facility.

The dogs owner said Skookum has the natural ability to know when someone needs some extra attention. “He’s just as happy to sit beside somebody and just be there with them even if they don’t have the energy to scratch his ears or talk to him. It’s just like he knows.” For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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