Right now, there are thousands of women out there battling breast cancer. They may all face different challenges, but one thing they all have in common is that they all need support. Some can receive needed support from friends and family who have been known to provide tremendous strength so patients can keep fighting but sometimes a positive vibe can come from a different source. In fact, it can come from a different direction entirely. At the Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, it comes from a Golden Doodle named Sammie or Samantha Beardsley Magrinat.
Sammie is a dog and like any good dog, Sammie likes to play. But at the hospital Sammie isn’t just a pet, she has a job. She’s a therapy dog (with her own business card, no less). As a therapy dog, Sammie’s job is to visit patients one day each week. She brings a smile to everyone she greets. She is able to relax people and provide them with just a little bit of distraction of what’s going on in their lives. She brightens their days and leaves them smiling when she walks out, exhausted, after a couple hours.
Sammie isn’t the only dog who has a job. Animal assisted therapy is becoming more and more mainstream as the benefits of animals for comfort and support are becoming harder and harder to ignore. Right now, New Adaptations, your Mesa, AZ psychotherapy services location, is training their very own therapy dog. We can’t wait to have business cards with our favorite therapy dog’s name on them.
For more information on Sammie and her connection to animal assisted therapy, read the original news article on her therapy dog work at the Greensboro, North Carolina hospital here.