Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that its most veteran therapy dog, Mr. McTrouble, was recently awarded his 500-hour volunteer pin by Donna Owen, Manager of Volunteer Services.
Mr. McTrouble is a seven year old Sheltie, owned by Chuck Andrews. Mr. McTrouble has been volunteering at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for four years. He was awarded his 100 hour pin in 2014.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is grateful to have other therapy dogs in addition to Mr. McTrouble. Animal visits to a hospital provide positive, lasting memories for patients and their families with an event to be excited about. Visiting with 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 a welcome distraction from pain and infirmity. People often talk to the dogs and share their thoughts, feelings and memories with them.