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Therapy dog comforts stressed healthcare workers
Wynn the therapy dog is helping comfort stressed healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Johndel Callora
04.01.20

Have you ever tried going home from your school completely stressed out? Or have you cried hard enough for your dog to actually show that they’re worried about you? Well, sometimes, dogs can sense what you’re feeling and will immediately jump onto you and start licking your face.

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There are plenty of reasons why dogs are deemed to be “man’s best friend.” Loyalty aside, dogs are quite skilled at sensing their owner’s emotional distresses. They react accordingly to the situation and will try to make you feel better.

Right now, a lot of dogs are trained to do therapy since they are exceptionally good at it. Especially during times like these where we definitely need their company the most.

Dogs can help alleviate the stresses that our health workers are dealing with as they battle COVID-19.

Mostly everyone is experiencing undeniable stress because of the COVID-19 outbreak, especially the doctors and nurses around the world who are working so hard to get us out of this crisis. They have witnessed plenty of traumatic events, have gone through high-pressure situations, and they often end up drained at the end of the day.

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It is important for healthcare workers to get even a little break to refresh their tired souls. Dogs are the perfect companion to help everyone in the hospital relax and reset themselves, physically and mentally.

Wynn the Labrador lends his paws to these hardworking health workers.

At Rose Medical Center in Denver, a physician has been training Wynn, a one-year-old yellow Labrador, to provide therapy to both patients and hospital workers. Dr. Susan Ryan, an ER physician, is in charge of her training.

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Wynn has been doing great so far in her job even though she is still under Dr. Ryan’s training program. Considering that Wynn has been put in this situation, she has been gaining full-time experience as a future therapy dog.

Dr. Ryan and Wynn set up a small room with dimmed lights and soothing music. On their breaks, the doctors or nurses can come visit with Wynn.

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Wynn’s comforting presence is enough to get them back on their feet and continue serving the people who are in desperate need of their services.

What will Wynn do after her training?

Right now, Wynn is part of the training program with Canine Companions for Independence. She’ll need to go through another training process to finally certify her as a legitimate therapy dog.

After that happens, she will then be permanently transferred to a home where the people need Wynn’s assistance.

We all need a hand during these challenging times.

In these times of crisis, we always need even just a little bit of comfort to keep us going. Sometimes, we do something to forget our stresses and worries. We might talk and confide to our closest friends and family, or we might just want to be in complete comfort to refuel ourselves for the next day.

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Luckily, our furry friends are here for us. We can always count on them on easing our hearts and soul just like what Wynn does at the hospital.

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Kudos to the front-liners who are risking their lives to save people, and kudos to the therapy dogs like Wynn who are helping them cope with their stress.

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By Johndel Callora
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Johndel Callora is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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