Cookeville Regional has 70 new pet therapy dogs

Pictured left to right: Charlene Gregory with Hershey, Alicia Senn, instructor of the STEAM course at Cane Creek Elementary Bonnie Stoner with Sookie, Tricia Bohlen with Bob, MaryDell Sommers, volunteer chair of Pet Therapy Kimberly Roberts with Jophiel

COOKEVILLE – Members of the Pet Therapy Program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center recently spent time with the fourth graders at Cane Creek Elementary. The students decided to make little clay dogs that the pet therapy staff members could give out to patients.

“This all came to be when the students learned that patients at Cookeville Regional are given ‘smiles’ to help with their healing. Those ‘smiles’ are given by the pet therapy dog visiting patients that day,” said MaryDell Sommers, volunteer chair of the Pet Therapy program. “These dear clay figures are a special reminder of the pet therapy dog visit and the wonderful, giving hearts of the fourth grade class at Cane Creek Elementary.”

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