It’s that time…

Last evening Sam was scheduled for his semi-annual re-evaluation to continue participation in the pet therapy program at Lutheran Hospital. Pets in the program receive a general health check as well as an evaluation as to suitability to participate. As I prepared the paperwork questionnaire, the Knucklehead could sense sometime beyond the usual evening routine was afoot. It’s always impressive to watch dogs intuition play out and he dashed from the back door to the garage in happy bounces. He sailed into the back seat and readied himself for the adventure.

We arrived at the volunteer office located on the south end of the main hospital building. This entrance is generally locked after hours which is no problem as my badge will provide access. We were greeted by a hospital volunteer who was stationed there for those who neglected to bring their badge with them. We’ve encountered Dave many times in various locations throughout the hospital. He always has a warm grin but especially when he sees the dogs coming. Sam adores him and immediately leaned in against his leg for a good ear scratch.

While we waited, a couple of volunteers came by to sign out. One was a high schooler who was super delighted to visit with Sam after his evening shift. Sam’s tail went into overdrive. Once they left, I reflected how well Sam connects with everyone he encounters and my heart swelled with pride with this sweet pup. When our number came up, we went in to visit with Dr. Diana Roberts, one of the volunteer vets who donates her time supporting our program. We hadn’t seen Dr. Roberts at our last two evals and were thrilled to see her again.

Sam adores Dr. R and not just because she provides scrumptious treats. She’s beyond kind, smiles a lot and has a soothing touch, all ‘wagnificent’ qualities for a vet. Sam passed this latest eval with flying colors and then we spent several minutes joking about his knuckleheaded-ness. Ok, maybe that was just me. They just laughed at my stories. The volunteer who coordinates all of the evaluations  ribs me when I say Sam is a knucklehead and then, naturally he does something that proves it and we all laugh; but a sweeter dog would be difficult to find. This photo, taken just before we left for the evaluation, seems to underscore that sweetness.

Sam

We’re looking forward to our visits later this month and during this month of thankfulness, I find how truly grateful I am for this amazing dog and for the pet therapy program where he can bring smiles to others.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

 

70 thoughts on “It’s that time…

    1. Aww, thanks! Yes, he is an angel. Most of the time. The rest of the time he’s your typical Poodle Knucklehead. Thanks for swinging by our Ranch. We ❤️ visitors.

  1. Good job Sam! We are thankful that you can continue your special work and we are thankful for special friends like you that are always their to lend support. We very much appreciated your thoughtful card
    hugs
    Hazel, Mabel & Mom

  2. Congrats to Sam AND to you!!! Behind every great dog is a wonderful human who provides all the love and care he/she needs.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  3. Yay Sam! We are so proud of your passing with flying colors. (We never doubted it) I know you had the vet swooning with your cuteness. My niece and her hubby just adopted a 2-year-old poodle and is madly in love.

  4. Sam is, of course, a superstar and I’m not at all surprised that he passed his assessment but I think Sam would be the first to agree, that it’s a joint effort. Still, well done Sam, ( and mama) well done!!

    1. Why thank you! I tried very hard to pose just right for my mama. Usually I look away right when she snaps the camera…heh, heh. But I was a good dog yesterday.
      Your fur-iend,
      Sam 🐾

    1. In all the years I’ve owned dogs (and that’s been a very long time), he is without a doubt, the absolute sweetest. Goofy as all get-out, but no one comes close to his level of sweetness.

  5. She would have seen Milo as a blur, altho he has his super sweet time too. Self control is not his forte, yet Sam seems to be made for this work. Was he always this way since you got him?

  6. As I’ve said before, Sam is an amazing dog who is in touch with his ability to make folks feel better. Without you, that ability would not have been nurtured, and he would never have had the chance to share this gift with those who need it. So here’s a big thanks to both of you.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I personally think he knows who needs him, I just provide the opportunity for him to shine with them.

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