CEDARBURG, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) — It has been an adjustment for seniors in nursing homes across Wisconsin not being able to see family and interact with friends.
Rhoda, a 5-year-old comfort dog with Lutheran Church charities, is one busy golden.
“We do a lot of hospital work, we go to rehab places, assisted living facilities, schools, wherever comfort and love and peace is needed,” says Patty Pitroski.
Prince of Peace Church in Menomonee Falls owns Rhoda, but she lives with Peggy Pitroski and her husband Ray. Pitroski is one of nine of Rhoda's handlers who takes turns bringing her places.
“Rhoda, we are going to visit our friends today at Cedarburg!” says Pitroski, as she puts Rhoda's vest on.
Rhoda's routine, like our daily lives, has been altered to adjust to social distancing, so in the case of her visit with her friends at Cedarburg Health services, that means they must meet virtually.
“I miss you Rhoda you sweet little rascal. I just want to wrap my arms around you and give you a hug,” says Bob, a resident at Cedarburg Health.
Gloria, another resident says, “I was able to look forward to it and she looks good she is the best visitor I have had in ages. ”
Rhoda works about 5 hours a day. Her only off day is usually Sunday -- when you can find her attending Prince of Peace Church.
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