Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meet Bernie

This is Bernie.  He belongs to a lovely woman named Lois, and he is a Certified Therapy Dog, who works as a hospital volunteer.  Bernie and Lois visited my dad once, when he was in the hospital in Arcadia, and I can't tell you how much he enjoyed that. Pets who volunteer at Arcadia Methodist have to be certified by one of three organizations, before attending specialized training at the hospital.  It's a lot of work, for both members of the team, but they provide a wonderful service to the community. 

If Bernie looks large, it's because he is.  I believe he is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, often known in North America as a Great Pyrenees (but someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I neglected to confirm it with Lois).  But his physical size is matched only by his gentle and kind nature. 

These two are a friendly and popular duo in town, as they get stopped by children and adults alike, asking about Bernie and wanting to pet him.  Lois is always very kind, explaining that he works in hospitals.  On Friday night, she was especially kind to me, as I couldn't get my camera working properly, and the flash mistakenly went off on Bernie (SO Sorry, Bernie!!) on the first shot.  He kept posing for me, though, and we got this lovely photo 

Thank you Lois and Bernie, for being there to help.

18 comments:

  1. I am very pleased to meet Bernie. He is gorgeous!

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  2. Oh our Bernie....thank you so much for doing a piece on him. He IS a wonderful dog. We call him our "gentle giant". When we meet patients who are from Sierra Madre they all talk about Bernie. He is famous.


    Marie and Robby
    fellow team members

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    1. Marie, you are fast! I was going to post this link on your page, with a little thank you to you, but you saw it before I could do it. Thanks so much for suggesting Bernie- he's a perfect post!

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  3. Bernie is a precious, beautiful pooch!!! Kelly would be a perfect therapy dog...except for the fact that they need to do sit, down, and stay...oh well...she's our therapy dog!!!

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    1. But everyone should have their own personal therapy dog!

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  4. Bernie visited my mom a couple of years back when she was hospitalized at Arcadia Methodist for phnemonia.

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    1. How nice. Looks like he's met lots of people.

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  5. Ramona - she volunteers at Arcadia methodist too

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    1. I'll have to ask my friend Marie (above comment) if she knows Ramona, too.

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  6. Lovely. I haven't met him, but I have met a dog much like him at my mil's nursing home.

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    1. Such a great thing that these people and dogs do for others...

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  7. Bernie is the kinda therapist I could work with!

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  8. How kind of Bernie to pose so politely. He's pretty.

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    1. He was very kind and polite. Especially since he was on the way to the loo when I stopped them.

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  9. Give Bernie a big hug from me! He is looking soooo cute!

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