Twinkler at 5 years, Annabelle at 11 months
Twinkler and Annabelle today
Annabelle and Twinkler go to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) every week on their rounds. It takes us about 2 hours to visit with all the staff and patients. Twinkler is registered with Therapy Dog Incorporated (TDInc). Annabelle is still in training and does not go into patient rooms. She will be tested with TDInc within the next few months. We have been so very lucky in our small town.
The hospital is very dog friendly so Annabelle has been able to visit since she was four months old under our own home insurance. We just needed proof of shots and a worm test. No one can believe how calm and relaxed Annabelle has always been. She watches Twinkler, if it is okay with him, then it is okay with her. He has been an excellent big brother and teacher. Both dogs wear shoes, vests, scarves, and Annabelle has several dresses. The male doctors go wild when they see Annabelle in a dress. The Pathologist sees us every week and tells us how important we are to him.
Due to our weekly visits, the ICU has allowed the therapy dogs to visit. Here is a picture of the first TDInc dogs in the ICU with a special patient. Just last week we got special permission to take Annabelle in for a visit. One of our long time friends was in ICU and wanted to see her. So, we carried her in for 3 patients to visit with her. We held her up and their hearts just melted. Oh, Twinkler is a perfect size for patient visits in one respect…... his head just slides onto the hospital bed. And since Annabelle is small, light weight and easy to carry, we can just lift her up to visit patients in beds when she gets registered.
I did get permission from the RRH to tell you all about our being able to take the girl there for training. It's a win-win for everyone!!
Twinkler also visits the Desert Area Resource and Training (DART) Pre-School, he participated in DART's past two Autism summer camps, he visits the local skilled nursing facility (SNF), he goes to the local library "Dog Day Afternoon" activities where young children practice their reading skills by reading to the dogs and used to go to a weekly grade school reading program where children with reading problems read to the (non-judgmental) dogs. He has appeared in the TDInc Magazine, two DART Autism Day Camp Newsletters. He lets the kids read to him but I bet he could have read to them if we let him !!! : )
Sherry and Ron
See Twinkler Bean's regular page HERE! ...
and read more about Twinkler the Therapy Dood HERE.