The Cottage in the Meadow sees all walks of life including different socioeconomic groups, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds. Every week, the Cottage also sees creatures that walk on all four legs . . . our hospice dogs!!! Our hospice dogs and volunteers are trained and certified to provide our residents with loving companionship even if only for a brief moment.
On December 23rd, two of our hospice dogs and volunteers lit up the Cottage hallways and patient rooms wearing Christmas light coats. The Christmas coats caught the attention of staff members, volunteers, patients, and patient’s families.
Here are Schroeder and Baxter—Schroeder is a cocker spaniel and Baxter is an Airedale Terrier.
Currently, Memorial Hospice has a total of 6 hospice dogs and volunteers who visit Cottage in the Meadow staff, volunteers, patients, and their families.
If you are interested in learning more about the Paws 2 Hearts program, please contact Branden Johnson, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 574-3655.