Featured Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

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In the bustling halls of Keck Hospital, amidst the beeping monitors and hurried footsteps of healthcare professionals, there’s a furry hero making his rounds – Cooper, the Love On 4 Paws therapy dog. With a wagging tail and a heart full of compassion, Cooper brings joy and comfort to patients and staff alike.

Registered Nurse Heidi recounts a recent visit to Mr. W, a dog lover who has been at Keck for two months. Despite his extended stay and the weight of waiting for an organ transplant, Mr. W’s face lit up when Cooper entered the room. Cooper, sensing the special bond, connected with Mr. W in a way only pets can, providing solace and companionship during their meaningful conversation. But Cooper’s impact doesn’t end there. As he trots through the hospital corridors, he encounters familiar faces and new friends alike. From patients eagerly awaiting surgeries to families anxiously awaiting news from doctors, Cooper’s presence offers a much-needed respite from the stress and uncertainty of hospital life.

On floor 2 and floor 6, Cooper’s charm knows no bounds. Whether it’s bringing smiles to elderly patients with tracheostomies or providing comfort to families missing their own pets at home, Cooper’s unconditional love leaves a lasting impression on everyone he meets. Nurses, physicians, and even security personnel find solace in his gentle demeanor, a reminder of the healing power of furry companionship. Venturing to floors 6N and 7N, Cooper’s mission takes on an even deeper significance as he visits patients awaiting heart transplants. For these individuals, facing the uncertainty of prolonged hospital stays, Cooper becomes a beacon of hope and a reminder of the simple joys in life. His presence, though fleeting, brings a moment of normalcy in an otherwise challenging journey.

As Cooper’s journey through Keck Hospital continues, the impact of his visits resonates throughout the halls. Each smile, each pat on the head, is a testament to the profound effect of his love and compassion. And for the dedicated Love On 4 Paws volunteer team, led by his human, Cindy, Cooper’s tireless efforts serve as a reminder of the transformative power of therapy animals in healthcare settings. In the hearts of patients and staff alike, Cooper will forever hold a special place, a furry guardian angel spreading love and light in the most unexpected of places – one paw at a time.

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