Sadie — Therapy
Sadie is a 4 year old Portuguese Water dog. She visits the EDU Eating Disorder Unit at Princeton(now Penn) Medical Center in NJ every week for the past 2 years. I have seen young and old patients change their mood within the visit as they are interacting with Sadie. As we walk thru the hallway and the nurses make the announcement that Sadie the therapy dog is here: patients pop out of their rooms so happy that their friend has come to see them! The patients love to pet and do tricks with Sadie. Both Sadie and patients lay on the floor, patients caressing Sadie and feeling the benefits, Sadie also feeling the benefits! When patients are ready to go home after months or weeks of treatment many take pictures so they remember Sadie. Some have asked me to visit them at another treatment center. The gratitude patients express to me is overwhelming and makes myself and Sadie come back again next week.