Blue receives his 100-hour service pin from Donna Owen Director of Volunteer & Pastoral Care, while his handlers, Rick and Donna Zuhl look on.

Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that one of its therapy dogs, Blue, was recently awarded his 100-hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, Director of Volunteer & Pastoral Care. Blue visits patients every Thursday on a skateboard with his handlers, Rick and Donna Zuhl, wearing a different costume each time made by his creative mom.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is grateful to have other therapy dogs in addition to Blue. Animal visits to a hospital provide positive, lasting memories for patients and their families with an event to be excited about. Visiting with the animals can help people feel less lonely and less depressed. It has been shown that many become more active and responsive both during and after their visit. Stroking a dog or cat can actually reduce a person's blood pressure. A dog visit offers entertainment as well as welcome distraction from pain and infirmity. People often talk to the dogs and share their thoughts, feelings and memories with them.