Wynn, a one-year-old labrador that is now being qualified as a support dog by her trainer Susan Ryan, an emergency veterinarian, is making a regular visit to physicians at Rose Medical Center, Denver, according to a story by CNN.
Wynn greets the physicians with a wagging tail and provides the hospital staff with plenty of cuddles that need breaks sometimes. Space is filled, dimly lit, and music of contemplation is performed to create a restful atmosphere for the doctors where they play with Wynn before returning to their duties.
“Seeing stuff and hearing stuff that you can’t unsee has an impact on you. That’s where the dogs come in. When you are in the presence of the dog and petting them you are taking a moment to ground yourself at that present time,” said Susan.
Susan, sporting a safety mask and petting Wynn, shared an image of herself lying on the hospital floor. The picture was taken after Wynn came outside from a stroll.
“I saw Wynn coming back in from being walked outside. I just slumped down on the floor and said ‘Can I just have a minute with her?’,” revealed Susan.
“She has the ability to really calm people down,” Susan says about Wynn, “We’re working in a unique time and she helps us stay grounded.”
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COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: Wynn, Labrador Retriever (1 y/o), Denver, CO • “I am an Emergency Physician. I have been raising Wynn for @ccicanine and she is a year old now. She comes to the ER and stays within our social workers’ inner office, so no one touches her but staff can wash up and have a moment with her. She has saved us because we are very stressed and anxious. Sometimes too busy to be scared. My wish for everyone would be that they not worry about getting a test and just presume themselves positive and consider every surface potentially contaminated and act accordingly. It just means physical distance, wash before and after touching anything. We can find comfort in each other when we know I have your back and you have mine.” @docplusdog
Wynn is now being qualified as an aid dog with an NGO working with elderly persons. The NGO is to provide free support to dogs like Wynn to improve them.