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Pet Therapy Dog at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Receives 100 Hour Volunteer Pin!

photo of Donna Owen and therapy dog Mr. McTrouble

Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that its most veteran therapy dog, Mr. McTrouble, was recently awarded his 100 hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services.

Mr. McTrouble is a three year old Sheltie, owned by Chuck Andrews. Mr. McTrouble actually has 186 hours of volunteer service at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and also volunteers one day a week at Shriner's Hospital in Tampa.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is grateful to have three other therapy dogs in addition to Mr. McTrouble. Animal visits to a hospital provide positive, lasting memories for patients and their families with an event to be excited about. Visiting with animals can help people feel less lonely and less depressed. It has been shown that many become more active and responsive both during and after their visit. Stroking a dog or cat can actually reduce a person's blood pressure. A dog visit offers entertainment as well as a welcome distraction from pain and infirmity. People often talk to the dogs and share their thoughts, feelings and memories with them.

One of the patients at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had been slowly recovering from a coma when Mr. McTrouble came in. Chuck, the dog's owner, told the patient that if she could get into a wheelchair by our next visit she could take Mr. McTrouble for a walk down the hall. Next week the patient was sitting in a wheelchair anxiously awaiting for Mr. McTrouble's arrival. Chuck says that one little girl at Shriner's Hospital was in need of a prosthesis for each of her arms, but she kept refusing them. When Mr. McTrouble came in she told the therapist, "Get me those arms so I can pet Mr. McTrouble."�

Attached photo: Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services, present Mr. McTrouble, pet therapy dog owned by Chuck Andrews, with his 100 hours volunteer pin.

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