Meet Dooley the Therapy Dog!
Did you know that humans aren’t the only species to get cancer? In fact, there are records of cancer as far back as the dinosaurs. Man’s best friend isn’t immune, either.
Vets at the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center are working on researching and improving cancer treatments for animals that may help their humans, too. Their work helped Dooley make it through his own osteosarcoma diagnosis, and get back to work as a therapy dog.
As part of the Paws for Patients program, Dooley and his owner Patti Gilmoure visit patients, staff, and visitors at St. Anthony North. Their visits spread hope and give people a moment to unwind. Being in the hospital is stressful, and a visit from a therapy dog can help brighten someone’s day in so many ways. Dooley in particular can help inspire patients to get back on their feet even after a painful diagnosis or procedure.