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Friday, March 4, 2011

Visiting Ms. Sweetest at Nursing Home

Yesterday afternoon, Sheri and I drove to the nursing home where we met the nicest, kindest, and sweetest lady !  She was out in the Commons Area of the facility, sitting in a wheelchair, next the the nurses station.  We went right up to her and Sheri, put her hand softly on new lady's shoulder because she was asleep and we didn't want to scare her.  Sheri asked her if she'd like to go sit at a table and meet me !  :))  "Yes of course, " she replied.  A nurse pushed her to the table where proper introductions were made.  Ms. Sweet Lady loved me at first sight and wanted me close to her so she could run her hands through my thick coat of fur ! She said, "Luci, your fur feels so clean and nice."  Sheri told her I'd had a bath and grooming the day before !

 It was nice to meet Ms Sweet Lady, and that she appreciated a visit and liked me !   Sheri sat two chairs together and sat me in her lap so that my long body had plenty of room to stretch out.  I was quite comfortable and felt at ease with the surrounding and other people stopping by to 'steal' a hug or talk to me.  Ms. Sweet Lady told us about her dog that she had long ago and how much she loved him.  His name was Standford and he was her constant companion.  I could tell how much she loved him because her eyes would tear up a bit and eye lids got really red...just thinking about him. 

We had another friend to visit and that was fun because we got invited inside her home.  This was my first meeting and she was delighted that I came!  Our friend was happy and smiling at me and kept petting me on the head and rubbed my left paw a lot.  She made me feel good and I knew she liked dogs.  I sat on Sheri's lap until our friend said, "Sheri, I think Luci would like down and explore my home a bit!"  She was right !  I jumped down and got to sniff around under the bed.  I found a piece of chocolate candy and I  gave it to our friend.  You see, she has a big basket of different kinds of candies, at the foot of her bed,  and gives it away to nurses and friends.  She also has a donation jar that people drop coins inside to help pay for more candy!   She is a really neat lady !   She told me, "Luci, you know that dogs are never to eat chocolate candy, don't you?"  I knew the answer was "Never" and Sheri told her that I knew.  I started to shake my head 'yes' I know, but didn't this time.

Another lady who had visited a friend was leaving and stopped by to chat a few minutes.  She knew all about Corgi dogs and asked if I would go visit her friend because she loves dogs !  She gave Sheri her friend's name.  We will have to get permission from the Nursing Staff before we go visit her.  This lady told Sheri and I that 'we have a wonderful ministry.'  Guess that's a good thing as it made everyone happy to hear it !

Our visit was awesome and I want to go back next week, same time, same place, same ladies,  and meeting new people...

Love and Puppy Kisses,
Lucille 'Luci' Ball - I prefer to be called Luci, but some people call me Luci Ball !  That's okay too ! :))

Monday, February 28, 2011

Luci meets Activities Director at a nearby Nursing Facility 01.07.2011

I knew something was different this morning as I watched Sheri getting things tidied up around the house early ! She told me after a while that is was MY DAY to meet the Activities Director at the nursing place at 11:00AM ! When Sheri tells me we are going somewhere in the car, I begin to go for my leash and collar, even though it's not quite time to leave.

Finally, were ready to go and I helped Sheri put on my collar ! She told me what a good girl I am and reminded me how to behave once we meet the Activities Director most of all, I am not to jump up on anyone unless they invite me. I know that but sometimes it helps to be reminded when I am soooo excited !

We got there in about 10 minutes, and I was jumping out of my passenger seat into Sheri's lap wanting to get out and go inside ! The place is huge and beautiful and has lots of people living there. Sheri told me it was their home and we must treat each room as that person's home because it really is! I pretty much learned that from my last visits to our friend in the country nursing home.

The Activity Director was nice and had a kind look on her face. She liked me right away as she leaned down and began to talk and pet my head and chest. She said, "You are a pretty dog, let's go meet some of the residents." We walked down the hall to the dinning room where many people sat in wheel chairs waiting for lunch to be served. The AD lady told us that she knew the people that liked dogs and had dogs at the home they had to leave. The first person we met was a kindly older gentleman who began to smile at once when we met him. He petted my head and told me about his dog that he had for a long time and how special that dog was to him and how he misses him everyday. Sheri looked a bit sad, but in a minute, she began to smile again, knowing that I was making him happy and remember the good times with his doggie. We walked on through the dining room and met a nice lady who reached out to me and wanted me to step up on her knees. Sheri told me it was okay since she asked me to do this. I think she wanted to pet my head and and hug me like she did with her little dog she left behind. She told me all about the doggie and how much she loves dogs. She told me, "You are a pretty little dog, and well behaved!" Sheri had a big grin on her face when she heard this remark ! My job is to love people and make them smile and bring happiness to them, it isn't hard at all, I love my job!

We met a couple in their home, a man and his wife, who invited us inside. They too were sweet and had kind eyes and began to tell us about their dog, a little black poodle they loved so much. I went straight to the man and wanted to meet him and let him pet me. It was so much fun visiting this nice place with many people who brightened up the minute they saw me! I can tell when people like me and want to be friends!

After this visit we went back to the Activities Room and talked with the Activities Director. She told Sheri that she would love for me to come back and visit every week, on Thursday afternoon. They agreed on the time and next visit. I sat quietly beside Sheri while they were talking, seemed like a long time, but I was patient as I knew this was important in getting to go back next week! This place had a nice odor about it that I liked. Sheri noticed too and commented on how wonderfully clean and fresh the nursing home smelled. She told me that's a good sign to a nice and well run nursing facility. Sheri also told me that she did two internships here at this place while getting her ASS/Degree, whatever AAS/Degree means, but it did sound important and something she was proud of doing!

I can hardly wait until next Thursday when we go back for our next visit. We will keep you updated with a new blog! Oh...one more thing...Sheri stopped at the Dollar Store and bought me a special treat because she said, "Luci, you were a good girl and well behaved today and made people happy." I liked the treat and knew it had been a very good morning!

Bye for now and may God bless each of you!

Love and Paw Prints,