We have been going to various facilities for about three years. They are all located within ten miles of my home. I concentrate on nursing homes and senior enrichment centers. We have visited schools and special events in the evening. We visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The visits last a minimum of 30 minutes but can be longer. All facilities have a full schedule of activities. Arriving on time is important.
All facilities will have people either in wheelchairs or sit on a couch or chair.
Both Bernie and Chris are allowed to visit at the same time. It is a wonderful advantage for everyone. Both dogs are petted and just gushed over.
It is always exciting to watch them play-fight. Bernie and Chris bonded early, and part of their daily routine is to enjoy playing with each other. It is a silent dance as they whirl and dodge. First one will submit, and then the other will find himself on his back for a brief moment.
I’ve never had to stop their play. Somehow, they tire within a few minutes, break apart and seek being petted.
As a dog handler, I have an easy task. I handle the leashes as we walk in and out of the facility. Otherwise, I chat with the folks and answer questions.
After three years, I know most answers to their questions. Bernie and Chris look forward to visiting folks. Why wouldn’t they? They are loved.