[note: based on suggestions I received, I pared down the bit abt the hunting dog, added some to the reception we get and realized I didn't have my framing (ending) quote.]
Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth.
- Mohammed Ali
Dear Readers of this Newsletter,
Hi. My name is CuriousC and I am a volunteer. It all started when I inquired about the possibility of bringing my Oscar Pup to visit the residents.
My dog is a very active little guy of only 70 pounds and I wanted to find an activity that we both could share. Being a Therapy Team sounded PERFECT! We could visit schools and nursing homes and hospitals and CHEER people UP!
Little did I realize that it was going to be ME* (and Oscar) that would be the one(s) being CHEERED.
I am humbled by the reaction and appreciation I receive when Oscar and I visit Shaw Home. Everyone is so nice! The residents, the staff, even the Misty the Cat seems responsive to our weekly visits. The smiles are warm and the greetings of “Oh look! Oscar is here today!” are said with such enthusiasm. One resident even sings songs to Oscar. Through the experience of bringing Oscar in each Thursday, I have formed many wonderful friendships. It has encouraged me to expand on my volunteer time beyond just the human part of a pet therapy team and now I help keep the books in the library* sorted, I teach computer skills, do a few odd jobs like clean out the basement, and occasionally accompany lunch outings.
How Oscar feels about the experience is a whole ‘nother story. Next time I will share about the special friendship between Oscar and Misty the Cat.
No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted.
* We have the largest Large Print Collection in the area!
cool! word count is 296!