SJMOH is ready to welcome Mac to the team as she starts her new career at the Macomb Center next week. In preparation for Monday’s arrival of the two-year-old female Golden Retriever, volunteer handlers completed three training sessions this week. During the 12 hours of training, the participants got to work with all four members of the East Region’s new canine contingent, and gave them all the highest marks for teamwork, kindness, patience, intelligence, and of course, cuteness.
Before the dogs met their human teammates, they completed months of training to be ready for their work with our patients and visitors. Like any good teachers, they stayed calm as their new handlers learned how to work with the dogs and the rules of doggie etiquette in a hospital setting. Wherever the dogs went with their handlers, they got a warm reception from associates and patients. By the end of Day 3, all of the dogs shared the sentiments of the Oakland Center’s Quinn, as he took a well deserved breather after a day of hard work!
Shown here, l-r, are Macomb Volunteer Pat Murphy with SJHMC’s Hope, Deborah Long from Macomb Lab, Janet Silvestri from Macomb Volunteer Services with Mac, Macomb Volunteer Donna Garner with SJRD’s RD (or Ardie), Macomb Volunteer Mary Ann Mosher, Macomb Volunteer Arnold Hock, and Katey Petrilli from SJMOH Biomed with the Oakland Center’s Quinn. Vicki Delicruz, another new Macomb volunteer handler, is not pictured. Laurel Allor, Macomb Administration, and her family are providing the permanent home for Mac, while Katey Petrilli and Mary Beth Day, Marketing, will provide two alternate homes for Mac when the Allors are away.