FGH welcomes a new therapy dog, Cash Money, to its team

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – He has his own Forrest General Hospital badge and is ready to put smiles on many faces at the hospital; Cash Money is Forrest General’s fourth and newest certified therapy dog.

“He loves coming here,” said therapy dog ​​handler Melinda Lowery. “You can tell when he walks through the door. Its tail wags; he is happy. We are very excited about this and just honored to be part of this team.

“He’s very nice, very calm,” said Jean Pace, a patient at the FGH Rehabilitation Center. “He’s a good dog.”

The two-year-old golden retriever stopped by the rehabilitation center on Wednesday to comfort patients with unconditional love and a touch of drool.

“He’s a good dog, a nice dog, and at first I was afraid of dogs, but he’s really nice,” said Nate Laster, a patient at the FGH rehabilitation center.

“It brings joy to us, but more importantly, it brings joy to patients,” said Kathy Williams, physical therapist at FGH. “If someone’s been down or having a bad day and the therapy dog ​​comes around, everyone sees Cash and he just smiles. Their spirits are lifted.

Cash Money volunteers at the hospital twice a month and is also a familiar face at Southern Miss.

“He’s sort of acted as a therapy dog ​​at USM, and they’re starting to use him for events, and we go there a few times a week,” Lowery said.

Forrest General’s therapy dog ​​program began in 2010, and they hope their newest addition to the team will continue to provide emotional support to patients at the hospital.

“I love that they’re adding therapy dogs to the staff, that Cash is now part of this program,” Williams said. “It’s always been a positive experience, and we’re delighted he’s now a part of it.”

“I loved it,” Pace said. “It was very comforting.”

Lowery said Cash Money‘s mother, Flair, is also a therapy dog.

To learn more about Cash Money, you can visit his Instagram page @cashmoneyhoney2020.

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