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Therapy Dog Nugget

December 18, 2020

A 100-pound Rottweiler-Shepherd-Labrador cross had been spending his Saturday afternoons visiting seniors in long-term care at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital for the last three years until the pandemic put a stop to it in the spring.

But now Nugget is going virtual.

He and his human, Stuart Mah, have found a new way to have important connections with the folks inside after their in-person volunteer visits were put on hold.

“I think there’s a lot of value in terms of the interaction and being with somebody. A lot of folks here are very lonely. I think with Nugget, he basically engages them,” Mah says. “It’s a great distraction for them. It’s a great hour of time individually with each of the residents that want to see Nugget.”

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