There was a huge need for dogs to go to places where they could help with people sitting up, or stretching or moving in general, using the strength of the dog to help. This has become Mambo's specialty. Visiting such places is emotionally very hard on both the dog and the handler. A few Months ago Terry was seriously considering switching to Hospital duty, mostly involving cancer patients, many of whom are kids. She missed a couple of weeks of visiting the 'end of life' center, which not only is end of life but also a Medicaid and Veterans facility. She got cards and calls from anguished folks 'Where is Mambo, most of which also inquired 'Is she OK, has she been hurt?' Terry went to meet with the administrators to talk about it.
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He is gentle, friendly and affectionate. She is a certified Pet Therapy dog and made over 50 visits to a local children's hospital before it became too stressful for her. In the 3 years of visiting sick children she had some pretty awesome experiences that I was fortunate enough to share with her. One child about 6 years old hadn't walked in months and the hospital staff was trying to get her out of her bed just to stand. Her father spotted Mandy and I in the hallway and asked if we could come over to his daughter's room and wait outside the door. The little girl managed to not only get out of bed but with the help of her walker made it to the door so she could pet Mandy.