Dogs in hospitals are becoming more and more common. It is not as if the dogs are just allowed to come in and take up residence. But, they are allowed in to see their owners in some cases.
Nursing homes also allow some dogs to come in and interact with patients. It is a form of therapy, and it helps people.
In Italy last month, Giovanni was out walking his dog, Nancy, when he had a heart attack. The paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but Giovanni, 73, went into a coma at the hospital.
Nancy stood by helpless. Giovanni’s condition was not improving. He was in the ICU.
Giovanni was not alone, however, his daughter, Deborah was there. Deborah soon learned that the hospital would allow pets to come visit.
So, Nancy was brought in to see Giovanni. Nancy was put on the bed near Giovanni – she kissed him. To everyone’s surprise, he responded to her!
Deborah said that his expression changed and it seemed like he wanted to cry. As if this is what he wanted to do before he left this earth – he wanted to say goodbye to his beloved dog.
After her visit, Giovanni seems to be at more peace. Doctors do not think that he will ever wake up from his coma. He will soon be moved to a long-term care facility.
I for one hope that Nancy is allowed to continue visiting Giovanni.
Still wonder why dogs are called man’s best friend? Share away, people.