April 10, 2014

God Bless Therapy Dogs (and Their Owners)

There are little unsung heroes who routinely visit the Cancer Institute, bringing cheer to patients as they wait for their doctor appointments or receive medical treatments.  We’ve met a couple of these furry friends in the past, and today we got introduced to Miley, an adorable Italian greyhound.  The petite gal didn’t hesitate to jump in Mr. Jim’s lap this afternoon at the infusion center, as soon as he patted his lap.  I quickly snapped a photo with my iPhone.

God bless these four-legged creatures and their owners for their unselfish gift of love.


  1. Oh, Miley looks so so sweet. I agree with you, thank God for these special creatures!

  2. That is such a sweet photo, Donna. My nephew has this kind of dog, and he loves him so much. His name is Tommy. :)

    Thanks for sharing this, and know that prayers are with you and Jim daily.

  3. What a beautiful dog and it feels good to look into those adoring eyes. I'm keeping you both in my prayers. Sweet hugs, Diane

  4. There's nothing like a warm furry friend to bring unconditional love and cheer....

  5. Oh I agree! They really bring a lot of cheer. Hope that she settled in for a while, too.

  6. What a lovely dog and outfitted in a bright bandanna and Mickey Mouse harness - how cute is that. Working and therapy dogs are always so wonderful.
    Thinking of you and Mr. Jim - sending loving thoughts and long distance hugs.

  7. Adorable, I am sure he is the highlight of everyones day!


  8. What a pretty dog that is. Dogs do have a way of bringing comfort.

  9. How great is that!!! Im still thinking of you both often and praying daily as Jim goes through his treatment...(((big hugs)))

  10. One more thing to love about dogs. He's a cutie, too! They bring such comfort! I see them walking around the hospital all the time!

  11. Hello on a gorgeous, spring day in TENNESSEE. Wow---after the long and bitter winter we had this year, Spring is even more inviting and lovely.

    Thinking about you and Jim OFTEN --and praying for both of you... Lovely dog. They do bring joy to the patients, don't they? How special is that....

    We are now home 'again' --after our 5th trip since the end of February.... Seems as if we visited five different states --although the trips weren't planned for that reason... ha... BUT--as I always say, it's great to be home... I did publish a blog post today--so check it out when you have time. Have a wonderful weekend.



  12. She probably lights up any floor she is on! A big thank you the owners for sharing their time and dogs with others.

  13. Look at those sweet little eyes! How precious. Dogs are wonderful. Cat's on the other hand....

    Y'all have been in my prayers a lot lately. Haven't been commenting much but have been reading.
    Big hugs to both of you!

  14. I've always had a high respect - and love - for therapy dogs and their owners. When I was a chaplain in care centers and with Hospice I saw the beauty they brought to life for the dear folks they visited. So glad Miley could share time with Mr. Jim.

  15. Isn't it wonderful how animals have a special empathy like this!
    They have made a difference to so many lives - they are accepting and happy to just sit and provide comfort.
    Many patients had no one to hold their hand until someone thought of bringing in the animals.
    Bless their little hearts.
    Love and hugs to you both.
    Shane x

  16. Donna, praying for you both and included Jim's name on prayer keeping list. I do believe my Sam could be a therapy dog...he sure is for me, as is Sadie. Having the animals has kept me from doing something stupid, even though they've been so much work. God knew...

  17. I think therapy dogs are one of the most wonderful things in the world. When our Melly had her cleft palate surgery, the therapy dog (a labrador) was the only thing that could make her smile. I am so glad Miley came to see Mr. Jim. I am praying for you both. xoxo


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