Having pets in our lives is an important aspect of living. This became more apparent in the last year especially at the start of the pandemic. Many of us relied on the comfort and sense of normalcy that our pets gave us during months of lockdown. Last year, we got so many viral stories of dogs being adorable, brave, and just making us happy by being themselves.
All those viral dog stories made us laugh and we temporarily forgot our worries about the pandemic. They helped us lessen our loneliness. Some stories inspired us and made us love our pets more. Dogs, and other pets, are for real the best creatures for healing and happiness.
So, it’s no surprise that dogs are now getting hired to help people at hospitals. One doctor on Twitter shared a story about how the hospital where she’s working has hired a dog for the employees’ welfare. Shari Dunaway, a doctor at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, posted a photo of their new employee. The caption said that the dog was hired specifically to go around the hospital and say Hi to employees and patients.
Shiloh has been employed as a “Justice Volunteer” at the hospital, and everyone loves him. Due to the burden that hospitals and health workers were facing, everyone’s been stressed and anxious. Thus, many people commented on Dr. Dunaway’s post praising Shiloh for working hard. There were also people commending the hospital for doing the right thing for their employees and patients.
Soon enough, employees and staff from other hospitals also started sharing their “co-workers”. Danielle Burchett, a doctor at Stanford Hospital shared a collage of three photos of the dogs working in their hospital. Meanwhile, a Twitter user named Alana Kinrich (an emergency doctor) also shared a snap of their hospital dog. She explained that the pup is trained at providing emotional support and that the dog’s handler is a counselor for people with trauma.
Thanks to Dr. Shari Dunaway on Twitter for sharing with the world about this awesome employee!