Assistance dog comforts stressed and exhausted emergency room doctors and nurses by fighting COVID-19

Susan Ryan, a Denver ER doctor, has been training the animal since she was a puppy to become a pet therapy dog. Within the picture, she relaxes for a couple of minutes with him at the top of a tiring shift: “It’s the brightest a part of the day.”



A doctor sitting during a hospital hallway. Her face is tired and suffering from the suffering of the patients, covered by a mask. At her side, Wynn, a cream-colored, one-year-old Labrador with a yellow bib, gives her a moment’s comfort. We are at the Rose Center in Denver where, as in the remainder of the planet, doctorsdoctors, and nurses are at the forefront of the coronavirus emergency. At this facility, where this picture was taken on Sunday, Wynn is not any stranger: since he was eight weeks old, he has been bringing relief to patients and his mistress, Susan Ryan, the ER doctor seen in the picture. “At the top of a shift with a patient, I washed my hands and just slumped down on the ground and asked, ‘Can I spend a moment with Wynn?” I needed it. When you’re with a dog and you pet it, you're taking an opportunity from everything else,” he told CNN. “It was the brightest a part of the day.”


Aid to reduce stress,
Wynn is now being trained to become a service dog for the non-profit organization “Canine companions for Independence” committed to helping children and veterans. She is going to remain with Ryan until she is about 18-22 months old, then follow a vocational education program at one among the organization’s training centers. While waiting, Wynn waits in the hospital’s social workers’ offices, able to bring comfort to doctors who need stress relief: here, the lights dim, meditation music resonates in the air, and staff can take an opportunity before returning to figure . “One thing that impressed me,” Ryan concludes, “was seeing many videos of doctors on the battlefront shared by people on their social networks, or the support given to # Solidarityat8,” the movement that asks people to travel out on the balcony or open the window at 8 pm nightly and “thank those on the battlefront during a simple way.


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  • Anonymous April 26, 2020 at 6:41 AM

    Can you please correct your top byline? Wynn is part of Canine Companions for Independence. She is not being trained as a pet therapy dog, she will go on to be a service dog and help a disabled child or veteran.

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