Get Inspired by the Neighbors

Today’s assignment for Blogging 101 is to create a post inspired by the blogs that I visited and left comments on yesterday. I really enjoy reading about service dogs and their families and the two blogs that inspired me were: which is an informative and entertaining blog, written in the “first dog” by an assistance labradoodle named Emma. which is written by a blind young lady named Gabriella about life with her brand new guide dog, Freesia.

My yellow lab, Gabby, and I do pet assisted therapy with and organization called Furry Friends. We just began visiting a new site, Ronald McDonald House, near Stanford University Hospital.

Our first visit was this past Tuesday. We gathered with six other dogs and their owners in a large common room and were soon surrounded by children. Some of the children were patients and some were the siblings of patients, as whole families stay at Ronald McDonald house when a very ill child in the family is being treated at Stanford.

I was very proud of Gabby, as she sometimes is uncomfortable around other dogs. Her behavior was perfect! The children love the dogs (three labs, two goldens, one Newfoundland and one small terrier). They pet them, snuggle with them,  go out for a walk and ask lots of questions. Many of them have pets at home who they miss. These visits take their minds off of their often long and painful treatment or their sick brother or sister.

Our hour at Ronald McDonald house flew by and Gabby and I can’t wait to go back nest month.

About Susan Gutterman

I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger, living in northern California. I also enjoy reading, walking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Gabby.
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3 Responses to Get Inspired by the Neighbors

  1. honestme363 says:

    What a remarkable story. You had me at ‘Pet Therapy’…

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  2. sandyvern says:

    Hi Susan! I have been drawn to your blog because I happen to have a sister named Susan 🙂 Great blog…and look forward to reading about Africa and of course, Gabby. I have nominated you and your blog for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog tomorrow for the rules of accepting the award nomination, copy and paste the instructions and modify them to suit …Happy blogging!


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