Paisley the Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

Please Note: The dog in the accompanying photograph is the subject of the story, but any persons shown are probably not those in the story.

Photograph of Paisley dog

Everybody Notices a Basset Hound!

Deciding to visit Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena with Paisley has been a very memorable decision. Every single visit there is special for a number of reasons, but if I would need to choose one, I guess this would be it.

Every day upon arrival, we head up to pre-op since patients are there for a limited time. I usually see them before they go into the Operating Room, or when they’re in the Recovery Room. They’re usually only at the hospital for a few hours. This day we walked in as one of the nurses tells us this girl asked for Paisley before going under and she was told maybe Paisley would show up once surgery was over.

She was already out of the Operating Room when we arrived to her room and her face just lit up. She was so happy to see Paisley walking in (believe me, when a Basset Hound walks into a room, everyone notices). She immediately asked if we could put her in bed with her as she was wiping away her tears. The nurse agreed, so we covered the bed with a protective sheet, and up she went. She cuddled with Paisley for such a long time. You could tell the girl was waking up faster just to be able to pet and hug Paisley. Paisley totally knew she was on that bed with that girl for one reason, to be hugged and loved and make the patient happy. So that's exactly what she did. She got comfy and loved on that patient like the love bug she is.

Why did the girl ask for Paisley? Apparently she saw us the week before, when she was at the hospital for her pre-surgery evaluation. She assumed we were there every Wednesday. I'm so very happy and grateful we not only got to visit two weeks in a row, but also because Paisley literally took her from tears of pain to smiles and laughter.