A Special (Pet Therapy) Angel

One of our pet therapy teams was recently recognized by Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota for their work! According to Dee, the human member of the pet therapy team, Cappy [the canine member] received a Bravo Award from Doctors [sic] Hospital yesterday. In the beginning of March [2015] he visited a patient that obviously loved it as she wrote the attached poem. The fourth floor Clinical & Nursing managers presented this time & a group photo was taken. There was also an individual photo taken of him that now resides on the bulletin board with the rest of the staff….!!! I am so very proud of him.”

Bravo award for Cappy

This is the poem that the thoughtful, inspired patient wrote about Cappy:

Pet Therapy Suncoast Humane Society

The poem is as follows:

A Special Angel

As my day began, unexpected stress began too;

From frustration and worry, my heart was soon blue…

So I questioned God why… this health situation;

With tears flowing freely, I asked for some inspiration…

Then shortly thereafter, I heard a small whimper and cry;

From somewhere nearby, which soon caught my eye…

Into my hospital room, came this small little friend;

A four-legged angel, that God knew to send…

He spoke not a word, just warm cuddling his plan,

To stop all my tears, with his tiny paw in my hand…

“Captain” his sweet name, stayed briefly it’s true;

Detecting my need for comfort, to refresh me anew…

One of “God’s Special Angels,” I know Captain must be;

A small dog showing compassion, for my heart to see…

That words don’t need spoken, to encourage one’s heart;

For love freely shared, today did its part…

Captain came to visit to cheer many today;

And without any words, here’s what he did say;

Love all and each other, our lives can all teach;

That caring and encouragement, is always in reach.


You can learn more about becoming a pet therapy team on our website, or by giving us a call at 941-474-7884.


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