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Coco visits the people hospital

My Grandma has been in the hospital for over two months now because she broke her hip again. Well, her hip is healed but she spent so long in bed that she's not able to walk now and her dementia now is so bad that some days she can hardly speak. She's been very unhappy and depressed and because of this, not making any progress, which of course makes her more depressed and on it goes.

The one thing that could always bring a smile to her face was my dogs so I went and spoke with the floor supervisor yesterday and asked if I could bring one of my dogs in to see Grandma. She was understandably hesitant as Coco isn't a therapy dog and of course the whole Doberman thing but they're so worried about Grandma that she said we could give it a try.

It was amazing! Her face just lit up, she smiled more than she has in months. She was even able to speak, she was chatting away, calling Coco's name and telling her what a good and pretty girl she was! She was even trying to push herself in the wheelchair to keep up with Coco. You just wouldn't believe the change in her.

Coco was simply amazing. The big front doors swoosh open when you push the button, she trotted right through, not scared or nervous in the least. She went past walkers, wheelchairs, canes, all sorts of carts, there were alarms and bells going off, nothing phased her. She just walked on past cool as can be.

The nurses were so impressed that they asked if I would bring her around to see some of the other patients. Coco would very calmly and gently approach them and then either stand or sit and let them do whatever to her. Some of the patients have very poor motor control skills and were slamming on her little head trying to pet her but she just stood like a rock through it. There was this one old man who's mostly deaf so he yells, really loud, he was so excited to meet Coco he kept yelling "Hey Coco, come here Coco". I thought for sure she would be skittish, but no, she walked right up to him and put her head in his lap.

We stayed for about an hour and the whole time she was rock solid. No sign of being nervous or skittish at all. She didn't once make a single sound, not a whine, not a bark or a growl. She was so good and the other patients were so thrilled with her that they've ask us to come back again. I can't even say how proud we are of her!

Coco going to visit Grandma


Coco and Grandma




Coco and Beverly. Beverly is mostly non verbal but by the end of our visit she was saying "Coco"


Coco and Frank
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What a beautiful moment, go Coco!
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That is so awesome! I love stories like this.

Go Coco


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This was awesome to read! How beautiful. Good girl, Coco!

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Way to go Coco, Have you thought about getting Coco registered as a therapy dog?
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So wonderful. Coco you are very special.
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That's so awesome...Coco gets an A+, and loves the volunteer work of being the star attraction.

I know your from BC Canada, here in ON dogs get therapy tested with St John's Ambulance.
- Coco would ace the practical test, reading this post
- next Coco and mom would visit needy places, 3x under supervision
- finally 20 more one hour working periods in hospitals &/or nursing home & therapy certification awarded

Former Amy went through the process, she loved all the attention. Photos @ https://www.dobermantalk.com/rainbow-...rry-say-6.html
One guy in his 90's would steal ArrowRoot cookies out of the kitchen in the morning of Amy's visit and was overjoyed to hand feed her.
- I just told him, use an open palm so fingers aren't touched with the sharp K9's

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I'm so glad they let you bring her. These dogs are so smart, they know. When my mother was in a recovery place, DH used to bring Lucy to see her. It helped so much. The only problem, he couldn't get out of there. When he would leave, walking down the hallways, people would yell out, "bring her in here". She loved it and so did they. The would talk about the dogs they had previously. From then on, he always took her and planned for the extended time they would stay. Good Girl Coco!!!

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This brought tears to my eyes. I'm proud of Coco too.
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Very touching to see your grandma smile. what a good girl Coco!!

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<full, happy heart>

Good girl, Coco.




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Made my day reading Coco's adventure. What a special girl she is.
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How special! I'm happy you got to have such a rewarding moment with all the stress with your Soter boy lately.

You've got such good pups!

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Wonderful pictures, Coco looks so sweet .

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Thanks everyone, I'm just so proud

I would love to have her certified as a therapy dog and you're right Beaumont67, St. John's Ambulance does the certification in B.C. too.

Unfortunately, she wouldn't qualify as she is reactive to other dogs. She would ace all the other areas but she's just not able to stay calm around strange dogs. It's something we're always working on but for now, we'll have to stick to visiting Grandma
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What a beautiful heartwarming story.
Could Coco have a future as a therapy dog......perhaps even that particular hospital on a regular basis.
Coco's Mom should be very proud of her!!
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