Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WW: "Piranha Was Here" at Silver Cross Hospital

As a therapy dog we are required to follow HIPAA laws when visiting facilities.  One of which is that we cannot take photos of patients - unless they ask.   One cannot share photos with patients in social media or elsewhere, unless the patient agrees or it is for a publication like a newspaper and agreed upon.  One cannot ask about medical conditions - unless someone volunteers it  - and then when a patient does, one cannot ask probing questions, nor repeat what has been heard.  There are a lot more rules and also issues and rules at each different location I visit that we follow.   In this case, I was visiting patients at the hospital and received a special request to visit a family whose patient loved dogs.  Especially chihuahuas - as they had recently lost their own.  Upon arriving, the family told me the patient was away getting treatment, if we could come back before leaving for the day.  We returned later only to find the patient was not back.  The family asked me to lie on the patient's bed so they could tell them "Piranha was Here" as they think I am a celebrity dog of some type.  :)  Of course, I obliged.  This was a first for me... I was even getting a little sleepy... ZZzzz


You may not be able to see it, but I have a towel underneath me as a barrier.
I use a new one for each patient.



   

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WW: Piranha Banana visits the Zion Early Childhood Center Pre-School & Kindergarten

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the children at Zion Early Childhood Center Pre-school and Kindergarten in Tinley Park.  We talked about what a therapy dog does in the community, my training, my favorite foods and colors and if I like to play.  Afterwards each child lined up for a special high-five from me.   Someone had asked me if my little paw gets tired from all the high-fives I give, and I can tell you I have a pretty muscular doggie arm from it  - so no.  :)  I am so used to it I can give them with my eyes closed.  I was also asked if I get paid and I explained that therapy dogs volunteer all their time. I do get treats at times after volunteering, like carrots.  But I don't expect it.  I just enjoy it.

HELLO TO ALL THE CHILDREN & STAFF FROM
THE  ZION EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER PRE-SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN IN TINLEY PARK! 
THANK YOU FOR WELCOMING ME IN YOUR CLASSROOM, I ENJOYED THE VISIT.
 HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!



   


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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