Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup

We recently were invited to participate in a photo shoot for the hospital’s ongoing efforts touting our group on the website. Hi there, Sam here. Because I’m one dashing looking dude, I volunteered immediately. Here’s a collage of some of the many pics the photographer took of our group. Some of us were so excited (Fergie, the American Bull Dog never stopped wagging her tail while she was visiting with the “Dogtor.”) and others were so happy to get to lay on top of with patients. Even Pepe, the party colored Standard got to met with a cute little girl in the lobby. You should be able to click on each pic for a bigger view. So, who do you reckon is the fairest one of all? Think I’ll get the call from general casting for more closeups?


All of us enjoyed showing off ourselves, and visiting with the people and staff who helped complete our stagings. A big thank you to each and every one of the dogs and their uprights who take the time to visit patients, staff and visitors at the hospital throughout the year. You guys are the best!

Have you ever seen pet therapy at work in a hospital or at a nursing home?


P.S. Sam’s mom here. Many thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments about “Elsa’s coming out” post. One week with us and she’s doing great, has gained some weight to go with her improved confidence and has taken to liking furniture.


Live, love, bark! <3


27 thoughts on “Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup

  1. Love the photos! We participate in our local Visiting Pet Program. We do monthly visits to a nursing home and special visits to summer camps and universities and various events. Seeing the total transformation on the faces of the people we visit is such a gift. Thank you and your friends for “bringing love and leaving smiles” (that’s our motto).

  2. Beautiful photographs, but then the subjects were also beautiful. You looked really good Sam and Elsa seems to be settling in fairly well. I think she will be a good sister for you.

  3. Glad you were able to participate in the photo shoot. You did such a great job! Dog therapy is the best. When my dad had open heart surgery a couple of years ago, there were some pet therapy dogs that came into the waiting room to visit with those of us who were anxiously waiting to hear about our loved ones. It was a wonderful distraction. I would love to be able to get Tippy trained as a therapy dog so I could take her with me when I visit the nursing home. I think they would love her.

    1. Mostly they just need a calm demeanor.Many nursing homes don’t require training or certification. It makes all the difference in the world for their residents as well as the staff and visitors to be visited by a dog. 🙂

  4. Aw, Sam, of course you’re the best-looking dude in the group! But I’m partial to Goldens, too, so they’re close runners-up. 😉

    Also glad to hear Elsa is enjoying life with you all!

    1. Awwww, thanks, Noodle. I was very happy escorting that patient and the cute CNA. They were both very nice to me and showered me with lots of ear scratches. What could be better? 😉
      Your fur-iend,

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