Braving The Elements

by Bunny Hound on

Bunny here at the keyboard writing about my Saturday.

We got a bunch more snow on Friday and it was still coming down on Saturday, so I wasn’t feeling too lucky about my chances of getting out.  I was a little baffled when Mom brought my hospice visiting vest in and  had me practice my “on it” some in the house.  I humored her, because I’m generous that way, but I wasn’t really sure what the point was.  I got treats for it, so in the end, I had no complaints.

Then, to my surprise, Mom packed up our stuff very neatly again, she put my jacket and harness on and we headed out to the car.  It was just me going and that certainly didn’t hurt my feelings any.  I was more than happy to get a chance to get out of the house.  Dad even came along as our chauffeur.

Paw In Hand -- Tales and Tails

Paw in Hand

I always enjoy a private outing all to myself.

It’s not that I don’t love the rest of my pack, but a princess sometimes needs her own time to be adored by her public.  You know that absence makes the heart grow fonder, too.  Flattery and Morgan didn’t share my enthusiasm about the whole plan, but that didn’t stop me from going out and enjoying myself.

It turns out that our destination was to visit some of my hospice patients at the nursing home.  We haven’t been able to get out as much as we wanted to this past month because we had so much dangerous weather.  I was feeling pretty excited to go and visit with my patients.  One of them just recently turned one hundred, which is a lot of dog years, and I hadn’t seen her since her party.  The other one was a person I’d be meeting for the first time.

An Official Volunteer -- Tales and Tails

An Official Volunteer

It turns out that they were both asleep.

I was a bit disappointed.  I braved the snow and cold to go and visit them, and they weren’t even going to know I was there.  You’d think they’d wake up in my royal presence, but both of them just kept sawing logs.  I guess they didn’t get the memo on royal protocol.

At first, I was thinking that I’d gone all that way for nothing.  However, as I walked through the hallways, I encountered a lot of senior humans and almost all of them wanted to pet me.  Everybody wanted to talk to me and pet me.  Of course, I graciously allowed them some of my attention.  I went all that way for some attention, I might as well get some from somebody, even if it wasn’t from the people I planned to see.

Hands On Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Hands On Bunny

Even though things didn’t turn out the way we planned, I was glad we went.

We’ve all had cabin fever after being cooped up for so long in the house.  Those senior humans have been cooped up a lot longer than I have.  I can’t imagine not having any visitors or company for a long time.  It would be a lot worse than cabin fever, I think.  I try not to imagine a world where people don’t want to visit me, but I know that some of the humans there have that problem.

It wasn’t my plan for Saturday, but it was a nice way to get out of the house.  It was also a good feeling to bring a little cheer with me.  Who knew all humans needed to be happy was the wag of a tail?  We dogs have more power than a lot of people realize.  I feel really lucky that I get to share that with so many.


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19 Responses to "Braving The Elements"
  1. Sue Dyer says:

    I am sure the residents were thrilled to see you. The two that were sleeping will be happy to see you next time.

  2. Lori - What Remains Now says:

    I’m glad you were able to get out, Bunny. You said it….CABIN FEVER!

  3. Reilly & Denny Cowspotdogs says:

    We are sure you brightened the day and bought some smiles

  4. Roxy says:

    I bet you made a lot of peoples day. Great job Bunny!

  5. Christine Sterling says:

    I am sure you made everyone very happy!

    Monty and Harlow

  6. Laika says:

    If the humans you visited don’t have a dog, I can imagine they were happy to meet you.

  7. Sara Blair says:

    What a sweet girl you are, bringing smiles everywhere you go. A special treat for some special seniors.

  8. Ryker From Alaska says:

    What a wonderful and healing day it turned out to be. It is a pity that your regulars did not wake up during your visit but you made new friends and brightened their lives! Good work Bunny!

  9. Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny says:

    You are always nicely turned out Miss Bunny. We’re fans of pink at this house!

  10. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Oh I totally understand why a girl needs her time alone with mom

  11. Emma says:

    Outings alone are so treasured by my sisters and I too. Sometimes it is nice to be an only dog for a short time. Too bad your folks were snoozing but at least you got to meet other people.

  12. SGilbert says:

    How wonderful that you go to the nursing home to visit the elderly! I am sure all the people LOVE seeing the most beautiful princess coming to visit to make them feel so good with just the wag of your tail. You have an awesome job Bunny!

  13. genjiscorner says:

    Love your ID badge. Even though everyone knows who you are.

  14. sage says:

    Good for you, Bunny. Even though you didn’t get to see your regulars, I know everyone else who met you was thrilled. Who wouldn’t be?

  15. That’s beautiful Bunny. I bet that you made their days!

  16. Hazel says:

    Darling Princess Bunny, I’m wondering if the humans knew royal protocol about touching you without your permission? I know you are very generous, but you must maintain regal protocol in order to keep the royal jewelry polished and beautiful! Too many humans touching them could tarnish them.

  17. We just adore all the joy you bring all the people you visit Bunny, you are such a giving Princess!!

    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  18. I know your visits mean so much to the folks there.

  19. Bunny, that was enormously generous and thoughtful of your mom and dad to take you to the nursing home on such a rotten weather day, to brighten the seniors’ day. I know you are disappointed you didn’t get to visit your intended patients, but you most certainly brought a lot of happiness to those who crossed your path. ♥

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