Kevin O’ Rourke, owner of Fish Window Cleaning in Wallingford, Connecticut, has one popular dog, i.e., Brody, a two-year-old lab mix rescue dog.
“He’s one of the friendliest dogs I’ve ever had,” said O’Rourke. Brody is also very easy going, which is why O’Rourke decided to volunteer him as a therapy dog..
“I always thought it would be a great idea,” he said. “He’s very lovable and just wants to see people.”
Each Wednesday, O’Rourke takes Brody to visit with rehab patients at Masonicare, a senior healthcare and living facility. Brody is one of around 20 other dogs that frequent the center, along with cats and even baby chicks. Animals such as Brody provide complete sensory stimulation, which is important for the patients’ mental and physical recovery.
“We just kind of walk through,” O’Rourke explained. He and Brody visit for about 45 minutes each week. He greets people in the hallway first, then takes Brody room to room visiting patients. “They know his name,” O’Rourke said of Brody. “They have no idea who I am.”
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