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Therapy dogs brings joy to Hoffman Hospice

Video Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield - Duration: 02:10s - Published
Therapy dogs brings joy to Hoffman Hospice
Therapy dogs brings joy to Hoffman Hospice

ASSISTANCE IN GRIEVING LOVEDONES WHO PASS AWAY.

THIS ISNATURALLY A VERY EMOTIONAL PLACETO BE.

AND ONE THERAPY DOG ISHELPING IN SUCH A WONDERFUL WAY.THIS IS BERNIE... AND HIS OWNERMOLLY MIER"WE ADOPTED BERNIE FROM A RESCUEIN 2014 AND WE'VE BEENVOLUNTEERING WITH HOFFMAN FORABOUT FIVE YEARS NOW."FOUR LEGS.

AND A BIG HEART.BERNIE IS A THERAPY DOG ATHOFFMAN HOSPICE.HE GREETS PEOPLE COMING INTOHOSPICE.

BRIGHTENING THEIR DAYAND GIVING THEM A SENSE OFCOMFORT.

"WE VOLUNTEER FOR THE GRIEFGROUPS FOR BOTH ADULTS ANDCHILDREN.

SO HE KIND OF ACTS ASA GREETER WHEN THEY COME IN.GIVES THEM A SENSE OF CALM.

ANDWE ALSO VISIT A SKILLED NURSINGFACILITY HERE IN TOWN." MOLLYSAYS HOSPICE PATIENTS LOVEBERNIE.

AND HE LOVES THEM RIGHTBACK"HE LOVES IT.

BERNIE LOVESPEOPLE.

HE'S NEVER MET ASTRANGER, SO HEJUST GETS VERY EXCITED WHENEVERWE GET TO GO SOMEWHERE AND SEEPEOPLE.

"MOLLY SAYS THEIR BASIC OBEDIENCETRAINER SUGGESTED TRAININGBERNIE TO BECOME A THERAPY DOG."SHE THOUGHT BERNIE WOULD BE AGREAT CANDIDATE FOR THERAPY WORKBASED ON HIS PERSONALITY AND HISSKILL SET."AND SURE ENOUGH..

BERNIE PICKEDUP THE TRAINING VERYQUICKLY.THE DUO FIRST TESTED TO BECOME AREGISTEREDTHERAPY TEAM IN MARCH 2015.

ANDTHEY RE-TAKE THE TEST EVERY TWOYEARS.MOLLY SAYS SHE LOVES WATCHINGTHE IMPACT BERNIE HAS ONPEOPLE'S LIVES."TO SEE HIM TO BE ABLE TO HAVETHAT POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON A LOTPEOPLE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHOARE GOING THROUGH TROUBLINGTIMES IS VERY REWARDING."MOLLY SAYS HER FAVORITE MEMORYWITH BERNIE IS WHEN THEY WEREVOLUNTEERING AT A LOCAL HOSPITALAND THEY MET A MAN WHO HAD BEENTHERE FOR AWHILE.

HE WAS MISSINGHIS OWNDOGS BACK HOME."HE JUST STARTED CRYING WHEN HESAW BERNIE BECAUSE HE WAS SOHAPPY TO BE AROUND A DOG."MOLLY SAYS SHE AND BERNIE LOOKFORWARD TO VOLUNTEERINGWITH HOSPICE AND THE REST OF THECOMMUNITY FOR AS LONG AS THEYCAN.

CONTINUING TO BRING JOYINTO PEOPLE'S LIVES EVEN DURINGDIFFICULT TIMES.WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THENEXT PERSON.

OR ANIMAL... TOFEATURE IN KERN'S KINDNESS.

IFYOU HAVESOMEONE IN MIND.

EMAIL US YOURIDEA AT KERNS KINDNESS ATK-E-R-O DOT COM.

FOR NOW.

HEREAT HOFFMAN HOSPICE.

KALLYNHOBMANN...23ABC...CONNECTING YOULETS STEP OUTSIDE AND TAKE ALOOK AT WHAT MOTHER NATURE




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