They don't care that your hair is gray, your skin is wrinkled or your teeth are false. Animals have been known to bond with humans on a much deeper level, lifting spirits and easing heart rates.
It's for that reason therapy dogs are used as part of the pet therapy component of the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program at Nathan Adelson Hospice locations. The program began in 1999 and has been a staple of care there ever since.
Besides pet therapy, the program also uses aromatherapy, reflexology, massage therapy, energy work and extra comforts, such as large-print books, movies, music, hand-knitted blankets, memory journals and art therapy.