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Therapy Dogs Bring Good Cheer

Therapy Dogs Bring Good Cheer
Pictured from left to right: - Donna Work and Rosie; Spencer (kneeling), Makena, and Kirsten Alexander with Jump; Merle Nerren (kneeling) with Penny; Mattie Arnold and Carole Arnold with Boo; Shana Brevard (kneeling) with Thatcher, Makenzie, and Indiana; Steve Jones with Cody; and Jacqui and Dennis Johnston with Carter. Not pictured: Jennifer Arnold and Danny Brevard.

For several years, the Good Shepherd Therapy Dog group has visited CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial bringing lots of good cheer on four legs. Recently, the group of registered therapy dogs and their owners gave a warm welcome to patients and staff alike.

“We are all dog lovers, and we love being with our dogs because they give us so many blessings,” said Donna Work, a member of the Good Shepherd Therapy Dog group. “We want to give those blessings to others. All of us agree that when we go on a visit like this, we get as much from it as the folks that we visit.”

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.

Posted January 3, 2017