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Published:March 4th, 2012 13:28 EST

Copper The Therapy Dog Dies: Popular Pooch Ministered To Hundreds In Nursing Homes

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Cuddling on the bed with a favorite pooch is a joy most dog-lovers leave behind when they move into a nursing home.

But for seven years, a golden retriever named Copper gave that joy back to hundreds of elderly and sick people during more than 2,000 visits to hospitals and nursing homes in Ross, Pike and Franklin counties."


Many elderly folks who live in nursing homes, feel abandoned, they rarely receive any visits from friends or family members. I commend individuals and church groups who visit rest homes, and socialize with the residents.

But senior citizens also welcome visits by four-legged friends. For seven years a golden retriever named Copper spread love by visiting the sick and the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes.

When I come home after a hard day`s work, I like to unwind by watching TV and cuddling with my cat or dog. I have interactions with dozens of people every day, but I still need and appreciate my pooch slobbering all over me when I come home. Imagine how much it means to an elderly person who never receives any visits from anyone, when a pooch comes to visit.

Copper died from complications from an infection at the age of 11, she will be missed by hundreds of elderly folks. We should learn from Copper`s example and minister to the elderly in nursing homes.

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