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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 ;)
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.