Madeline Barnett and Sophie

Tampa Bay/Hudson FL. – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is proud to introduce an additional volunteer to its pet therapy dog volunteers.

Sophie is an Australian shepherd/border collie mix. She naturally has a sweet disposition and big blue eyes. Her handler is Mrs. Madeline Barnett. Madeline and Sophie come all the way from Dade City to visit patients and families on Tuesday mornings at the hospital.

Certified therapy dogs receive many hours of training and must have a required medical clearance. Selection as a therapy dog is based on the common gentle demeanor of the animals even in the midst of chaos.