Virgil Shipley/News Much to the delight of Helen Wolfe, an Eastern Star Home resident, Kristen Campbell’s Golden Retriever “Tank” showed his affection by putting his paws on her lap. Several Mount Vernon dog owners brought their dog to OESH for a therapy session with the residents.
MOUNT VERNON — A few lucky residents of the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon got the chance to visit with some of the area’s finest therapy dogs Monday evening.
Phil Samuell, president of the Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter, corralled a few friends and their canines together to tour the facility for a “dogapalooza” for the residents.
Ohio Eastern Star staff members Judy Kight, activities, and Shirley Miller, assistant activities, led the way as two groups of canines and their owners visited residents’ rooms.
Resident Virginia “Ginny” Gottke said that she enjoyed the visit from the dogs and recalled the miniature poodle she had for 19 years. Gottke said her dog was nicknamed “Tanka” after a native American character on a television show her children used to watch.
From room to room each owner and their dog had the chance to interact with many residents, all of which were more than happy to see a furry friend.
“I can’t get over how big that one is,” said Faith Giffen with surprised tone and wide eyes, who encountered Nala, a Great Dane belonging to Kendall and Dustin Spray. Giffen said she used to have a Dachshund, but it passed away after suffering from cancer.
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