Saturday, August 8, 2009
Once again, I sent Nanuq to visit our friends at Central State Psychiatric Hospital. Upon arriving and settling into our special room, Dad unleashed Nanuq and let him visit with each patient. He strolled from one to another. There were many patients who decided to visit with Nanuq, but there is always one who is special.
At the beginning of the evening, Dad noticed a young man who was especially excited that Nanuq was there. They spent time together and then Nanuq visited with others. At the end of the evening this young man came back to Nanuq needing more furry love. Dad said, "It was as if he did not want Nanuq to leave."
Each visit is special. We do not always know or see the difference in the lives of the patients. We seek to bring happiness and a little bit of normalcy into otherwise sad lives.
I would not want to spend my furry life locked in a hospital without my animal friends. Mom and Dad keep us (my brothers, sister, and I) on a schedule, but we are still allowed the normal freedoms life in America affords us.
I am thankful we are allowed to visit our friends who are sick. They have illnesses that prevent them from living a normal life. Some are able to be rehabilitated and join us in society, but some live permanently in the Psychiatric Hospital. As I continue to share our experiences with patients, I ask you to pray for those who are not as fortunate as you and I.
Woofs and Wags,