Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) – He has his Forest General Hospital badge and is ready to bring smiles to many faces at the hospital; Cash Money is the fourth and newest approved Forrest General therapy dog.
“He loves coming here,” said Melinda Lowry, therapy dog trainer. “You can tell if he walks in the door. His tail is wagging. He’s happy. We are very excited about this and just honored to be part of this team.”
“He is very gentle, very calm,” said Jean Pace, a patient at FGH Rehabilitation. “He’s a good dog.”
A two-year-old golden retriever stopped by a rehab center on Wednesday to comfort patients with unconditional love and a touch of saliva.
“He’s a good dog, a nice dog, and at first, I was afraid of dogs, but he’s really cute,” said Nate Luster, a patient with FGH Rehab.
“It brings us joy, but more importantly, it brings joy to patients,” said Cathy Williams, Physiotherapist at FGH. “If someone is depressed or having a bad day, and the therapy dog comes in, everyone sees Cash, and they just smile. It lifts their spirits.”
Cash Money volunteers at the hospital twice a month and is also a familiar face at Southern Miss.
“He kind of took on the role of therapy dog at USM, and they started using it for juveniles, and we go there a few times a week,” Lowry said.
The Forrest General Therapy Dog Program began in 2010, and they hope their new addition to the team will continue to provide emotional support to patients at the hospital.
“I would love that they add therapy dogs to the staff, and Cash is now part of that program,” Williams said. “It’s always been a positive experience, and we’re glad he’s now a part of it.”
“I loved it,” Pace said. “It was very comfortable.”
Laurie said Cash Money’s mother, Flair, is also a therapy dog.
To learn more about Cash Money, you can visit his Instagram page @cashmoneyhoney2020.
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