Frazier Rehab Institute welcomes new therapy dog - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Frazier Rehab Institute welcomes new therapy dog

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Frazier Rehab Institute is celebrating a new arrival today. 

A 15-week-old puppy was welcomed into the pet therapy program Thursday morning, but it was a surprise. Patients and guests thought they were just attending a party for the pet therapy program. That's when Stanley appeared and surprised everyone.

Stanley, a yellow Lab, is a donation from the June and Stanley Atlas Family through the University of Louisville and the Jewish Hospital and Saint Mary's Foundation. 

As a former patient herself, Mrs. Atlas wanted to give back after a previous therapy dog, Madison, passed away. 

"When I was a patient here, Madison, a Golden Retriever, came in my room every day and came on my bed and laid down with me, and I just looked forward to having him there," Atlas said. 

On Thursday, Stanley was unveiled to patients and guests, who thought they were just attending a party for the pet therapy program. Patients and guests thought a box full of gifts from Three Dog Bakery was being opened for Frazier Rehab and all the doggie guests present at the event. Stanley, a 15-week-old puppy, appeared and surprised everyone.

Stanley is from Bainbridge Labs in Lexington, Kentucky, a program owned and operated by Joe Demichael, DVM (www.bainbridgelabs.com).

Over the next year, he will receive basic obedience training and participate in group sessions with a local trainer. Stanley will work on his training at home, and at the hospital with Charlie, another four-legged member of the therapy team, to ensure that patients will benefit from his presence, and that staff will be able to see him grow and develop his skills.

Stanley will be trained as a full-time service dog, working closely with Charlie, another four-legged member of the therapy team. 

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