Ever since I was a child I’ve had two loves in my life; photography and dogs. I volunteer with my border terrier, Basil at Maine Medical Center. Even during the very busy wedding season, I find time to visit patients a couple of times a month, it really puts things into perspective.
Being a therapy dog volunteer is an amazingly rewarding experience which I can hardly put into words. As I like to tell the patients, therapy dogs don’t poke, prod, ask questions or take blood, there are merely there to comfort and provide a welcome distraction amongst the chaos and confusion often found in the hospital. I cannot tell you the number of times that I’ve heard that a visit from a therapy dog has been the best part of someone’s day.
Maine Medical Center has a thriving therapy dog program with about 30 dogs and ‘pet partners’ actively volunteering. A couple of weeks ago I offered to photograph the dogs in order to make little ‘calling cards’ to leave behind after our visits. Here are just a few of the faces of Maine Med’s therapy dog program. Are they not precious?