Now I remember why I LOVE to volunteer as a therapy dog team.
Prior to tonight, I haven't volunteered in months. At first it was because life was so hectic, I hadn't finished the renewal process. And then once Jasmine got recertified, I was so busy with our travels that I just hadn't had time!
March/April was our participating on the Animal Planet show "Who Let The Dogs Out'. (Which was a ton of fun!) This ended with performing live at Universal Studios for the finale.
The month of May was our trip to New York to be on Good Morning America. (in addtion to local news stations.) And last but not least, we just got home from a wonderful trip to Utah where we were speaking at the BlogPaws conference.
So, we really have been really busy. But I've missed it. So tonight we went. And as usual, there was just something special about it. The most memorable was a 2 1/2 year old girl named Bella. (I make my rounds on the pediatic/oncology floors.) As I was going from room to room, I could hear a little kid crying very loudly. The nurses take them to a separate room to do blood draws, treatment, etc. She was having a rough time. By the time she came out of the room, she was screaming.
Her mom was holding her, and they were going across the hall to go pick out a new toy. It was very drastic. She went from crying very loudly to suddenly quiet. It was when she saw Jasmine. I was pushing her on her cart down the hall. The little girl just stared at us. As I came closer, I asked "Do you like doggies?"
The mom said yes, they had a dog at home. Bella pet Jasmine, and watched enchanted as we did our little trick show routine. And she laughed. Because we were in the hall, more people gathered around to watch Jaz. One 4 year old was imitating the tricks I was asking Jasmine to do. It was quite amusing. Everyone was smiling or chuckling. By the end, Bella had completely forget about her previous experience. The entire situation was turned around. All because of one little furry dog. What a difference a dog can make.
That's why I like to volunteer with Jasmine. It reminds me of the Emily Dickinson poem,
"I Shall Not Live In Vain".
"If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain."