A Dog is a Guy's Best Friend

best buddies

Hi, my name's Jeremy, and I never thought I'd get to make friends with a dog in the hospital. When I met this special visitor, Rufus, I was so excited. I think that he really likes me, too, don't you? In this next picture, can you figure out which one of us is the patient? Here's a clue. He's wearing pajamas...

best buddies

The most interesting thing happened when I was patting Rufus. Some of his hair fell out, just like mine did when I was getting some strong medicines to get rid of cancer! I hope that you'll get to meet a volunteer dog visitor if you ever have to go to the hospital!

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004