She'll tell you it's not a volunteer job for everyone, but it's the perfect fit for Becky Gang and her loving companion. She's done pet therapy work for 15 years in the valley, but says Nathan Adelson Hospice is her home.
When the scarf goes on, Gang’s 2-year-old, long haired, German shepherd Panzer knows it's time for work.
“Panzer is my ninth therapy dog,” Gang said. “Each one of my dogs has been a little different.”
Gang routinely walks the halls of Nathen Adelson Hospice with a variety of furry companions as a pet therapist. She's done this once a week for more than 10 years.
“If we touch one person the day we come, we've done our job,” she said.
Pet therapy is a unique volunteer service as these loving animals provide different measures of comfort for everyone.
Many times, it’s Panzer who will lead Gang into a room.
"He's the most in tune with patients that are very ill, the ones that are maybe non-communicative,” she said. “He will pull me into a room and just go sit by the bedside with the patient. I just stand there and let him do his thing.”
"I do spend an awful lot of time with family members,” she said. “I spent a lot of time with staff, because it’s a stressful job.'
In addition to doing pet therapy, Gang and her husband, are certified testers. They test dogs for the Nathan Adelson Hospice program free of charge and help with supervised visits.
“She's worn so many hats here, it's hard to identify everything here that she's done for us,” said Lisa Browder with Nathan Adelson Hospice. “The biggest part of it is she's always available.”
8 News NOW is saluting Becky Gang with this week’s Acts of Kindness award.
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