Josie smiling

Josie smiling
One ear up and one ear trademark look

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Just wanted to wish everyone, animal or human, especially those who are sick, unloved, unwanted, and hurting, and in extra need of love and prayers, a Very Warm, Cuddly, Happy, Valentine's Day. And know that there are people out there who do care about you and will be coming to help you and rescue you and give you food and shelter and warmth and love.

I also wanted to shout out a few Happy Valentine's Day wishes to some of my FBF's (First Blog Friends), so here I no particular order: Cloud the Wonder Dog, Madi and Mom, Lindy MacDuff, Sandra, Bijou and Banjo, Khyra and Mom, Remington, Sagira, Judy and Miss Cindi Lou, An English Shepherd, Bunny and all at Houndstooth, Aine, Lorenza, Anya and Kareltje, Mistaya and M.O.M., Sara, Havetailwillwag, Fosterdoggies, Yodi and Jess, McGillicutty, Emma Rose, P.J., Life With Dogs, Jazzi, Sugar, Max, Twix, Chloe, TC, Priscilla, Sharon, Daisy, Summerrr, Canoe.Bill, Kinga, Tina, Coltin1948, Kasmid, Miz Minka, For The Love of Dogs, Jacks Dad, NancyTurtle, Spider and Smudge, Signe, DSS, Shangey....oh yeah..Jersey Joker and Josie's Dad...BOL...that's Uncle Gary and Daddy! If I've left anyone out, I apologize...but I think I've got you all. I've only been doing this for a couple of months, but the love we've received has been a way you'll never know. So I want to thank you all for being there for me and Josie and letting us share our stories with you. Thanks so much for listening. Hopefully next year the list will have more than doubled, but you will be special because you are my FBF's!!!

Josie and I visited the hospital on Wednesday, during the big snowstorm. On Thursday, we had to dig out. On Friday we visited again. And on Saturday, we had a Pediatric visit. We also visited 2 patients in the ICU Unit. These are patients that we've visited before and needed some extra love. We also visited John and Gertrude. John is doing better, but not good enough to go home yet. Then we visited an patient in Oncology, who had taken a turn for the worse.

We ran into most of his family Friday night while waiting for the elevator. They explained his condition after they asked a bunch of questions about Josie. (Josie is a great conversation starter!) I explained that we would be more than happy to visit their father/grandfather, even if he was "seemingly" out-of-it and Josie could lie on the bed with him. They seemed a bit skeptical, but I explained about how the healing/calming properties of the dog's presence helps the patient and the patient is aware the dog is there. I just left it at that. When we walked out of the hospital that night (Friday), we ran into them again, as they were bringing a bunch of food into the hospital and they said "did you go visit him?" and I said "well you didn't seem like you wanted us too, would you like us too?" and they said "Yes!" so I explained that we would be back on Saturday and we would visit then (meaning tomorrow).

So when we got there on Saturday, their Dad/Grandfather was mostly out of it, breathing steady, and I laid Josie's blanket on his bed on one side, and picked up Josie and laid her on the blanket. I introduced myself and Josie and she laid her head right on his chest and breathed in synch with him and fell asleep with him. It was quite beautiful to watch. I was told that Joe (that's his name) is a huge animal lover, especially dogs. We'd like to visit Joe again on Monday.

Also, I will have more updates on "Rescue" the dog when I can. We still do not know if she is going to lose her leg or not. So please keep her in your prayers.

Dog-Ma Thought for the Day:

Be Gentle and Kind.
There is Already so Much Pain in our World.

Much Love. Woof Soon.


  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Josie and Mom!
    I am very happy to be your friend!
    I have the image in my mind of Josie with Joe. Sure it was a beautiful moment.
    Your Dog-Ma Thought for the Day is soooo right!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  2. What a cute Love Bug you are, Josie! Especially with your one ear up and one down! I am very happy to be one of your blog fureinds! You and your mom are very special and we love knowing you. Thanks for sharing your hospital visits with us. It means a lot for us to get to know your work and your patients.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your wonderful family!

  3. Josie,
    You are quite the love bug,
    That was so cool about you seeing Joe. Josie, God has given you such a beautiful gify and it is neat to seeing you use it. You help so many people feel so good.
    Happy Valentines Day

  4. Happy Valentines Day! We are so glad you are our friends. We feel blessed to have made the connection. Keep up the good work in therapy. That is a special calling and we admire you so much for it.

    Emma Rose and the Duchess

  5. Awwww! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Josie! You're cute as can be!

    It's always a great feeling when a visit goes especially well! We're glad you experienced that this weekend!

    Bunny and her Mom

  6. Good work Josie, keep up the good work. You are an inspiration!

  7. Thanks fur the kind words!

    A bigger thanks goes to woo fur all the good the two of woo do!

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  8. Happy Valentine's Day to you, too! Yes, Josie, you are definitely a sweet love bug! Sure glad to have you and your mom as friends! =D

    Glad you had some great hospital visits over the last few days. I'll bet Joe, especially, loved having you there.

    Take care and here's to another great week!

  9. What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing with us!

  10. Happy Valentine's Day Josie and Mom!
    We are very happy to be your friend and we agree with all of the above that you are a love bug Josie.

    Thanks for the update on John, glad to hear he is feeling better. There is no doubt in my mind that Joe was aware of your presence Josie. You are one very special girl.

    Have a great week,
    Judy and Cindi Lou

  11. I will live by your dogma of the day today.

    I'm sure Joe was dreaming of his beloved dogs as Josie laid her head on his chest. What better comfort and medicine is that?

    Happy Valentine's Day.

  12. Hi Josie and Happy Valentine's Day to you our new friend. We do so enjoy visiting and reading all about your very important job. You look quite lovely in your picture with the red heart. Hugs to you and Mom
    Madi and Mom

  13. You are lovable! I am glad your day was happy. You do such a good job in cheering everyone up!

  14. Happy Valentine's Day to you too. We love your "love bug" pictures and enjoy reading about your therapy work. Thanks for being our furiend!


  15. Josie does such beautiful work.

    Hope you had a wonderful V-day as well.

  16. loveeeee those super cute photos!! especially the second one!!! i just wanna smother her with kisses!!


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