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.



  1. Bet da patient wuz bummed to have missed out on seein you.

  2. You ARE a star!!!! What a wonderful job you have.
    I nose the difference I make when I visit Aunty Peggy so I am in awe of your role Piranha
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. What a great service you provide, I am sure you are making a huge difference in so many peoples lives. If only my dog wold be calm enough to be a therapy dog!

  4. I'm glad you can bring comfort to those going through troubling times!

  5. (My ghostwriter knows all about those HIPAA rules.) But I say you did the right thing!

  6. You are a kind soul Piranha Banana! I know that your visits mean the world to people. Keep up the good work!

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