June 30, 2020
Of all who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of nursing facilities and their families have perhaps suffered the most. Not only in terms of the threat of the virus itself, but the social isolation wrought by it.
This made the general cuteness of a “pooch parade,” organized by Hospice of the Western Reserve and held last Thursday (June 25) at Willowood Care Center in Brunswick, all the more touching.
Many of the therapy dogs have been regular visitors at Willowood over the years.
“He knows certain people — he runs down the hall and into their rooms before I get there,” laughed volunteer Katie Garra of the regular 10-minute visits with Willowood residents made by her therapy dog, 7-year-old golden retriever Cody.
“We have been doing this for four years. When we started, this was the first place we came.”
Cody was joined by four other therapy dogs, which are among the nearly 40 across the Hospice of the Western Reserve system and more than 25 at the Hospice of Medina County program.