Therapy dogs provide weekly relief at hospital
It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. And while most medical experts will prescribe actual medicine, there is a certain healing power that comes with a smile.
And few things make humans smile more than animals. And while not everyone is a “dog person”, the effects that therapy dogs have on patients — and staff — at Comanche County Memorial Hospital have been overwhelmingly positive.
Paws With Love, Inc., has been visiting local hospitals, schools, cancer centers, hospice care facilities and more for several years. All told, the program works with 22 entities in town. Among their most frequent stops is Comanche County Memorial, where the dogs visit patients multiple times a week to help alleviate pain, reduce anxiety and provide smiles.
Established in 2010, Paws With Love is a non-profit organization formed through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Currently, Paws With Love has 28 working therapy dogs and 31 volunteers. Each of the dogs is the personally-owned pet of the handlers. Two to three times a week, several dogs and handlers go to CCMH to visit with patients.