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Old 08-30-2014, 02:44 AM
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Unfortunately, my mom suffered a fall and fractured her femur. She has been in a rehabilitation hospital receiving therapy and healing. Salena has been a regular visitor, even sitting in on therapy sessions to motivate mom. She enjoys resting with mom in the afternoon after physical therapy.



Mom isn't the only patient who looks forward to Salena's visits. On her first visit, my husband got surrounded by patients who wanted to cuddle her. Several patients have asked to pet her; she trots up to wheel chairs to greet patients. Salena seems to know which patients need to have some interaction with her. I love to see their faces light up when they see her. The staff love to see her, too. One of the therapists said she would make a great therapy dog!

I'm so glad Salena came into our lives. She has been a great companion to me and I'm thrilled she's bringing happiness to others who need it!

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So glad everyone enjoys the visits! You should consider becoming a therapy dog team- if your dog has the temperament for it the test is easy to pass, you just need some basic obedience work, nothing that is too hard for you average good natured pet.

My Kerri loves her therapy dog work, she is part of a reading program at the library and she gets so excited now to go- she knows where we are headed as soon as I get my reading bag. We have visited hospitals and rehab clinics too but she loves the library most. It is very rewarding! I'm also always encouraging people with small dogs because most therapy dogs are bigger and some people who are scared of big dogs really benefit from visits from our little guys!

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It's wonderful that you could bring Salena to visit your mother at the rehab hospital. Your chi is adorable and definitely brings smiles to everyone there.
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How great is that! Animals make a big difference in our recovery! She is so cute!
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I have had two chi's pass the therapy dog test. One, Nugget (rip) was the first dog to go into the childrens intensive care unit. A nurse had promised a patient that he could go see the dogs in the 'play room' where we met. The next day the boy was so swollen that he could hardly open his eyes. The nurse came down to the playroom and asked me if Nuggie would be OK in her carrier to go see this child. I said "of course" so quietly we went up to the intensive care room, and Nuggie got out of the carrier and snuggled up to this very sick little boy. His grin told it all!

Another time I had an italian greyhound therapy dog, and she went into the childrens ward for a bedside visit. A little girl had not eaten since her surgery, and the nurse said they were going to put a tube down her if she didn't eat. So I told the little girl, that she could give Mist a treat to eat, BUT afterwards she had to eat a treat too. She really didn't want to but Mist was asking for another treat, and the girl finally ate a spoonful. I got her to give Mist 4-5 treats and she took 4-5 bites too. Mom was crying, nurse was crying I was teary! I agree that chi's make good therapy dogs!
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Awww that's so sweet!! And she looks so cute on that picture. Chihuahuas can be such great therapy dogs!
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So sorry about your Mom!!! I sure hope she recovers very quickly! It is so wonderful Salena can bring cheer not only to your Mom but to so many others who are in rehabilitation. Yay Salena!! You go girl!!
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What a nice story. Get well wishes to your Mom.
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