Today is Berkeley's first day volunteering at the Chaparral house, working with seniors and spreading happiness and making people smile. Any other pugs do the same?

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What a wonderful thing to volunteer for!  I actually cut out an ad in our local paper about training for this.  What a great feeling!  Please let us know how it goes :)
How wonderful!  Did Berkeley have to get any special training?
Chi Chi is not formally a volunteer but we visit my mom at the nursing home almost everyday. Chi visits the other ladies there too that love her to pieces. The place is so dog-friendly; employees are encouraged to bring their dogs, one of the head nurses there owns Chi's boyfriend Caleb. Chi Chi brings smiles to everyone there constantly.
I have taken my boys into nursing homes on an adhoc basis but have never done the training for what is called a PAT dog here in the UK. Hektor was in to visit Mum in her hospital on Sunday, but he was barking a bit at the birds outside her window so I took him out again. I have always considered this a wonderful thing to do, as it spreads so much happiness among people who for one reason or another cannot have their own Dogs where they are. Hektor did have a fuss made of him though by all the carers who work in the area my Mother-in-Law is in. I have to say that Chi Chi sounds like the perfect Pug for the job.

Good luck!  Volunteering can be so rewarding and its more fun with a pug!  Bunny and I did pet therapy when we lived in Ohio, but since we moved a few months ago we haven't been doing it.  I hope to get into it soon because I can tell Bunny misses all the attention ;)

Not Dudley. He's way way too scared/cautious with "new" people. He's a little bit better with children though.

  I've been interested in getting Bella and me involved in that kind of volunteering. I think she is cut out for it, loves the attention and is very empathetic. 

 

 

Boy, it has been nearly a year since Berkeley and I started volunteering at the home. It has been so much fun. The seniors who engage with Berkeley enjoy so much feeding her treats and watching her tail wag back-and-forth. Berkeley has gotten so that she runs to the door when we walk to the nursing home in the morning. She will look through the door's window until a nurse let's her in, glancing back at me as to say, "what's taking you so long?" Once she is inside, she runs to the living room and greets everyone by sniffing their slippers or crawling under their chair. Berkeley has made a few favorites. She really likes the people who share their toast or prune juice, yes, prune juice. She brings so much joy and happiness into the room. Their faces light up with smiles as they coo to get her attention. Ah, how fulfilling of an experience it has been.  My next project is to set up a pug rally, similar to a "Pug Sunday," where owners can come with their pugs and be in the company of these wonderful people as the herd of snorting pugs runs around the expansive yard at the home. I can see now all of the big smiles on their faces.

If you are a Bay Area Pug Owner who is interested in taking a little time out of your hectic schedule to share your company and your pug with some amazing people, let me know. 

Since mom moved into the retirement home a month ago, Rosie and I visit her every Sunday. Mom has Alzheimer's  but thankfully still remembers Rosie...although...mom said today on the phone "isn't Rosie 20 years old?"  

The residents do get a kick when Rosie comes to visit. Mom would love to keep Rosie overnight, but i don't think it would be a great idea for a pug to be on a dementia floor, unsupervised. 

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