Therapy dogs spread holiday cheer at Riverbend Hospital

Therapy dogs spread love, compassion, and holiday cheer as they visit patients at Riverbend hospital.

Posted: Dec 3, 2017 7:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Furry friends warmed the hearts of many patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend Sunday.

Therapy dogs went room to room to visit patients, and this time they added a little bit of Christmas cheer to their attire.

Dianne Trippett is a dog handler. She said she notices the difference her dog, Kitty, makes in the health of patients.

“Little kids, maybe two, three years-old, they will get up and they will just hug her and squeeze her and she loves it,” Trippett said. “She smiles every time they do it.”

Tripett said when she and Kitty visit patients they find comfort in petting a dog because they often miss their own.

Both the dogs and the handlers are volunteers. They also have to undergo rigorous training.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32994

Reported Deaths: 547
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7204138
Marion469594
Washington454060
Umatilla298741
Clackamas242061
Malheur163327
Lane123417
Jackson11615
Deschutes85212
Yamhill76213
Jefferson5418
Polk53215
Linn52213
Morrow5056
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3146
Wasco2963
Klamath2802
Hood River2520
Douglas2334
Clatsop2170
Josephine1982
Columbia1791
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 76°
Corvallis
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 76°
Roseburg
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 80°
North Bend
Clear
78° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 79°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events