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Maine Medical Center’s Therapy Dogs

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?




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  • Danielle - I am in Bangor & would love to get into a therapy dog program. But I just don’t know where to start. I love also photography and dogs. Plus I am a heart patient. So I know how great it is to see a dog when your sick. I would just love to bring that joy to someone. I didn’t know if you could help me with, where to start this. I have a Jack Russel & she is very loving but I don’t know if she has what it takes to do this work. She just barks a lot when she hears stuff. I think I could train her on some of it but I don’t really know how to go about it. I have a trainer I have worked with but she doesn’t have the time to get into what I really need from her.
    I am in Portland a lot at MMC so maybe someday I will see you & your dog there 🙂
    Thank you

  • kelly - Hello,

    We are wondering how we get started with bringing our Therapy Dog to MMC in Portland, Maine. Thanks so much!