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The thing about owning a therapy dog, or in Marian Waltman’s case, three therapy dogs, is you never expect to be the one in need of their therapeutic attentions. But so it was for Marian during 2015, her Cancer Year. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Marian underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation during which she experienced first hand, the concern and care of her Golden Retriever therapists, Jackson, Baxter and Daisy Mae. Her Three Musketeers.
For instance, the worrier, Jackson, stayed by Marian’s side, put on his dog frown when Marian wore a head scarf (one photograph demonstrates this) and even pulled off her head scarf, as though he didn’t like Marian wearing the covering. Jackson also ensured Marian was kept covered with a blankie (another photograph shows this gentle care). For her part, Marian tried to keep the dogs visiting twice weekly at a nursing home – if her blood counts were acceptably high.
The Three Musketeers also visit students in high schools and universities at exam times and participated in a TPOC Paws Room at Admiral Insurance in Halifax. That day, two hundred employees experienced love on the run as provided by the pet therapy teams.
As for Marian, her last mammogram was in January and all was good then. Well done Marian, Jackson, Baxter and Daisy! Keep the Good News coming.