Memory Care and Therapy Dogs

CROP 600 PETEY CARD HANDSShe doesn’t always remember her own name, or mine, but she always remembers Petey’s. When she sees Petey enter the living room of the memory care residence where she lives, her heads pick up immediately and she smiles. Perhaps she was resting her eyes or thinking about something but when she sees Petey she becomes engaged. She reaches out for the tiny dog and looks up at me and is just so happy. I tell Petey we are going to visit Grandma and he too perks up when he knows she is there. There is something about the relationship between older humans and older dogs – they just understand one another. Petey lies next to her and she always shows him his little trading card and says “See, that’s you!”