Saturday was the start of my Dr. Dog Internship, only Dad and Mom had to attend the first session, so I stayed at home for a long morning nap.
It was held in a room at a hospital ward for the elderly patients. The session was led by Harley's Family and they brought four of their Dr. Dogs to service that day.
Harley's mom gave us some tips and showed us what a typical session would be like and demonstrated her skills to coax the patients to the waiting room. It was definitely not an easy task getting the patients out of their bed. Some of the patients were excited to play with the Dr. Dogs, while others preferred to watch or sleep on their wheelchairs.
Here are some photos of our amazing Dr. Dogs in action:
Here is Hadi (哈帝) waiting for a treat.
Hadi loves the hoops
and getting hugs.
This grandpa was all quiet in the beginning, but warmed up after one of the volunteers spoke to him in English.
This grandma would not speak a word, but she didn't mind Ha Yue ( 哈悅) near her.
Hala ( 哈拉) chewed on a dental bone near Grandma.
Ha Bao ( 哈寶) got some pets while grandpa chatted with one of the volunteers.
Ha Di enjoyed staying under the wheelchair.
Grandpa exercised his hands by giving Hadi a hair brush.
Grandma learned to give commands to Hadi.
Hadi waited patiently for some treats.
Grandma gave the Down command and used a spade to feed Hadi.
Hadi sat on a chair so that Grandma could easily brush him.
Grandma enjoyed cuddling Ha La ( 哈拉).
Ha Bao tried to catch the treats that Grandma threw.
This granny was afraid of big dogs, but slowly warmed up to Hadi.
She gave him a nice massage too!
Hadi rested under the table during the debriefing session.
Overall, the visit was quite an eye opener as we got to witness how some of the patients who were not so receptive to dogs initially, slowly warmed up to them. Also, a few who were quiet in the beginning started to become more talkative. It was also a great session for the patients to interact with the volunteers and do some hand and leg movements with the help of our Dr. Dogs. The comfort and smiles that they bring to the patients are just priceless! I am definitely looking forward to attending the next session and I hope Grandpas and Grandmas will enjoy being with me.