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Glad that pet dogs can pay visits to CGH

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Regarding the Feb. 25 article “Fido welcome at CGH,” and “We can’t remember when we haven’t done it this way,” I’m a retired CGH nurse, and I can remember the days when it wasn’t done this way.

The way it was done was on the “sly.” It was easy with small dogs, but mostly impossible with larger or even medium-sized dogs.

I remember having a patient who was longing to see his dog. His dog was a larger, rare-breed dog. I tried to get permission for his dog to visit my patient in his room. The only way for that to happen was to have the patient’s doctor write an order for the patient to be taken outside – not for the dog to be brought inside.

Dr. McDonald wrote the order for the patient to be taken outside, under the supervision of a nurse, to see his dog. As his nurse, I had the honor of being a part of a precious moment in time.

I just happened to have my camera with me that day and was able to capture the event on film. I’d planned on giving the picture to my patient, but he died that very night.

Years later, I was providing transportation to a Thanksgiving church event. When I arrived at one of the homes, I was greeted by a very friendly dog.

I said, “I once saw a dog just like this one.”

The lady asked me where I’d seen it because this was a rare breed. I shared the story with her.

She said, “That was my grandfather, and this is the dog.”

I was able to give the photos to her. It’s a memory I will hold dear to my heart forever.

I’m so glad fido is welcome at CGH. May it forever be so.

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