- Name: Hero Dogs Jeremiah Healy – “Jeremiah”
- Breed/Sex: Golden retriever, M
- DOB: December 15, 2014
- Current Status: Facility Dog
- Donor: Cassiopeia’s Golden Legacy Kennel (Ellee Neilands)
- Puppy Raiser: Stacey N.
- Puppy Sponsor: Friends and family in loving memory of Jeremiah Healy
- Puppy Scholarship: The Willis Foundation
Jeremiah is a dog (golden retriever, 65 pounds), reddish-gold with blue vest, imprinted with THERAPY DOG on the top side.
Jeremiah is used to reduce fear and anxiety and increase pain tolerance in pediatric patients. Jeremiah is safe and effective for children of all ages. For maximum efficacy, Jeremiah should be applied at the first signs of patient stress or discomfort.
Visits of five to ten minutes are generally sufficient for immediate reduction of symptoms; however, Jeremiah can safely be applied for periods of up to several hours. There is no limit to the number of cuddles, hugs, or kisses per visit. Jeremiah may be administered daily or more frequently as necessary to control symptoms.
Side effects may include smiles, laughter, and prolonged bouts of giggling. Cessation of tears and increased cooperation may also be noticed.
IN CASE OF OVERDOSE
It is not possible to overdose on this treatment. However, many patients do find Jeremiah addictive and may wish to return for follow-up visits, even in the absence of the original complaint.
Jeremiah was raised and trained by Hero Dogs to become a service dog for a veteran with a disability, but his temperament and skills really suited another career better – Jeremiah is a facility dog working with the Child Life Specialists at INOVA Loudoun Hospital. Jeremiah officially graduated from his Hero Dogs training in November 2017. Since beginning work at the hospital in May, Jeremiah has quickly become one of its most popular employees. Jeremiah loves snuggling with patients, showing off his skills, and amusing patients and hospital staff by popping bubbles and giving high fives.
“We are always looking for additional ways to improve our patients’ experience and knew that adding a dog to our staff would enhance their visit,” said Dr. Jill McCabe, Medical Director, INOVA Children's Emergency Room at ILH. “Jeremiah supports the patients’ overall social, physical, and emotional development by minimizing their stress.”
Jeremiah is already a hero to hundreds of children and their parents in the Washington area. Jeremiah underwent the same rigorous training and socialization as all of Hero Dogs’ service dogs – and like our service dogs, he was provided to the hospital at no charge. Yet the cost to Hero Dogs for each of our service and facility dog placements is $39,500. We are supported entirely by donations from you.
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All donations to Hero Dogs support the raising, training, and placement of service dogs and other skilled canines like Jeremiah.