Therapy dog made honorary nurse

Aug. 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A golden retriever has been made an honorary registered nurse for her services as a therapy dog at a San Antonio hospital.

Cindy and her owner and colleague, Suzanne Stanley, were presented with a pin and a Paws That Heal plaque in a ceremony Wednesday at Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

"She is a very special dog, so for her to be recognized is very sweet," Stanley said. "She'll go into a room with a parent and a child and she'll immediately go to the parent. I don't know what her sense is, but we just go with it."

Stanley, a retired nurse, acquired Cindy, now 6, four years ago as a rescue dog. A year later, the two began visiting the hospital's pediatric unit and now also spend time in the neonatal and intensive care units.

The two also visit nursing homes.

"I'm not anything but the holder of the leash," Stanley said. "She does the work and I hold the leash. And make sure no one steps on her tail."

On Wednesday, Cindy spent time with Miguel Pena, a 10-month old who played with her fur and ears.

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