Certified Dog Therapist, Dyno, Visits Erik In Hospital

By Adam Pick on March 23, 2009

I could not resist posting this very, very, very interesting note from Erik. I never knew that certified dog therapists existed!

Adam,

I just created a surgeon profile for Dr. Vib Kshettry, Minneapolis Heart Institute, in your surgeon database. I would also give kudos to my cardiologist, Dr. Kevin Graham at the Minneapolis Heart Institute.  They have a heck-of-a-team and clinic there. I just don’t have enough positive adjectives to describe these two physicians.

As a “young” patient at the age of 37, open heart surgery was very scary.  It gave me peace-of-mind to know I had the best-of-the-best. It was a year ago and I feel great.

 

Dyno, Dog Therapist Visits Heart Surgery Patient and Owner, Erik
Erik, With Dyno, The Dog Therapist, After Heart Surgery

 

Just for fun……I attached a photo of my first day out of ICU.  Our dog, Dyno, is a certified animal “therapist” and my wife takes her to several hospitals and visits.  This visit was personal.  She actually stayed a couple hours and just slept with me.

Hope all is well with you.

Erik


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.


Cindy says on March 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

This is WONDERFUL!! I train guide dog puppies from a preciousl 8 wks. old up until they are about 18mos. I had to transfer my last pup at 6 mos.old (and 60 lbs.) in order to have my valve surgery & recover. Cardiac rehab is GREAT as I work with weights to gain back my upper body strength. I want to get back to raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind ASAP!!! We sometimes join with therapy dogs as well for visits to senior centers, assisted living homes & hospitals. The puppies learn lessons in good behavior & the people are uplifted & look forward to our visits. IN CASE anyone is interested … http://www.guidedogs.com … always looking for volunteers!! I’m only 7 wks out from surgery … so my next pup won’t be until Aug. or Sept. It will be hard to wait!!!


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