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Heartland Hospice Volunteer and Her Dog Brighten Patients' Days

Every Friday for the last 13 months, Paula Graves, Heartland Hospice Volunteer, and her dog, Scruffy, have visited patients at The Waterford in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Scruffy is a five-year-old English Cream Golden Retriever who loves people and is able to connect with the patients he visits. Since he is a larger dog, Scruffy is able to sit next to patients where they can easily reach his head and ears to pet him.

This dynamic duo looks forward to their visits every Friday. “I work from home, so it is nice to get out one morning a week and bring some joy to others. Scruffy is a happy guy and makes people smile. Hospice patients are in a transition time that is stressful and Scruffy can bring them a few minutes of happiness during his visits,” says Paula about volunteering with Heartland Hospice. “I also know the jobs of staff people are not always easy and if we can brighten their day, this will encourage them. Our world is filled with negativity and I just want to counter that with something positive.”

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