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Friends in high places.

Posted by: | March 30, 2015 | 4 Comments |

Shelby has been visiting the hospital since November 1st, 2009. We have met hundreds of amazing people during this visits. Sometimes you are there when a patient and their families get to go home and sometimes you’re there when the final arrangements are being made for a family member.

Sometimes when we visit the hospital we spend a lot of time with the staff, nurses and doctors. Often we hear, “O boy, here comes Shelby!” and sometimes we hear, ” Shelby, I really needed to see you today.”

This last weekend we visited on both Saturday and Sunday and there were some families that really needed to see Shelby. The aunt, grandmother and sister waiting in the Intensive Care waiting area for word on their loved one. The sister and grandmother already there more than 24 hours. The aunt who came in had Shelby sitting beside her on the couch and you could see the concern and worry on her face. Shelby hops in and does what she does so well, creates a bit of a break from both the concern and the worry. She did really, really well with these 3 ladies.

We moved to the critical waiting area where we met a mother and her sister who were waiting for word of her son who was in a motorcycle accident. The doctors had already removed one of his legs. Shelby hopped on the couch next to the mother and again, for a few minutes, help to calm and distract her. After quite awhile we left there and went to the 3rd floor, Oncology.

We had some amazing visits with folks! Learned a few jokes and one gentleman shared a cell phone photo of his Jack Russell, 17 years old, that had just crossed the bridge. We met some new nurses and saw a doctor that we had met several years earlier. She had always been a big fan of Shelby’s and so we’ve talked several times. After we visit someone, I always pick Shelby up, thank the folks for letting us come and visit and Cindi resets their chairs and helps to wipe down their hands with a disenfectent wipe and says her goodbyes. I was waiting in the hallway with Shelby when Shelby’s doctor friend came out of one of the other patients rooms, knelt down next to Shelbys wagon and the two of them had a great visit! The doctors have the final say as to whether the therapy dog programs are allowed in the hospital, so we are always on our best behavior, which is no easy task for some of us!

While she was visiting Shelby, I congratulated her on becoming “Chief of Staff” and told her we hadn’t seen her lately. She said, “not to worry, I’ve been right here”. After we said our goodbye’s, I started thinking about what just happened. The Chief of Staff was kneeling down hugging on our little Petite Princes in the middle of hall on the Oncology floor. I was humbled, amazed and blown away.

Shelby says, It’s good to have friends in high places!


under: Conversations with Shelby


  1. By: maximutt on March 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm      

    Well Miss Shelby, when your BFF if the Chief of Staff, I don’t think you need to worry about the therapy dog program being cut! Good job Shelby! You are so amazing, bringing comfort and love to those who need it in their darkest hour! Keep up the good work, girl!!

  2. By: Jana Hook on March 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm      

    Oh Shelby…you are so wonderful visiting those in need at the hospital. I know they feel so much comfort while petting your soft fur. Keep up the good work. I know it is probably hard to keep your chauffeur in line but I think you are doing a great job. Love you honey! Hope to see you soon.

  3. By: benny55 on March 31, 2015 at 9:34 am      

    This just melts my heart! It is lovely what you and Shelby bring to each of this individuals just by your presence.

    Your commitment to helping others and the compassion you have….well…it takes very special souls (dog souls and human souls alike) to do what you do!

    Thank you for sharing these “visits” with us today. I KNOW she made a difference for each of those whose hearts she touched.

    WOW! Talk about a dog living a life of meaning!! And her humans too!

    Sending lots of love and gratitude

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  4. By: jerry on April 4, 2015 at 10:51 am      

    Shelby, if I were in one of these awful situations I could think of no better medicine than to have you by my side. The love you share with people who are hurting so bad is magical. It goes from you to them to others they come in contact with, to around the world. Look at power of the paw. Wow!

    Great to hear from you princess. Thanks for all the great work you and your pack are doing. It’s priceless.

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