By Mary Friedel-Hunt
On a recent visit to our local nursing home, my golden retriever, Bentley, was able to bring some smiles to the faces of the residents and staff. I am not certain who benefits most from therapy dog visits, the residents or the staff. The residents tell stories about the dogs that were once in their lives as they pet Bentley.
I can tell who wants to see him close up because the smiles creep across the faces of those who love dogs and want to pet him. That includes almost every resident. The staff — overworked and underpaid — are also comforted by therapy dogs. I went out of my way to see that they had a chance