Singapore — Twice a month Tuxedo and his owner, Bernard, visit the Dover Park Hospice in Singapore. The patients there look forward to their arrival. Many of them have very little time left in this world, and are extremely happy to have Tuxedo spend time with them.
The volunteers at Dover Park provide a variety of activities that create comfort and happiness for the patients.
Tuxedo’s brings his loving paw and nuzzle to their bedsides.
Bernard says that one patient was so excited to meet Tuxedo that he even invited him to join him in his bed. It was like “Disneyland magic.”
Tuxedo and Bernard are a part of the Pet Assisted Therapy group that visit the hospice twice a month. For the past eight years, owners and their dogs have been volunteering their time to visit the sick patients.
These patients are often in substantial pain and research shows that the act of petting a dog can lower blood-pressure and help them to relax.
“The dogs actually give us an opening to talk and interact with patients, especially if they have had pets before, and they start sharing about their own pets and their past to us,” said Bernard.
It is truly remarkable of what 15 minutes with a loving dog can do to help a human in need.