Henry did fantastic today! He toured the entire hospital, got a million pets and treats from docs, nurses, and the volunteer and marketing staff. Also visited a special patient, a young woman recently and mysteriously paralyzed from the waist down. Hen got in bed and snuggled next to her side. Definitely in his element. Sights, sounds, smells, wheelchairs, elevators, crowds… the guy never stopped smiling.

I will admit that I would not want a dog to visit me when I’ve been a hospital patient. (But I’ll also admit Henry is very cute and being well trained makes a difference.) Give me a crossword puzzle book instead. That would calm me down. Or, engage me in conversation if I’m up to it. Answer my questions. As hard as it is for some people to understand, logic-smart and word-smart activities comfort me like a dog will comfort nature-smart people.

Amy, my friend who is training Henry and who posted this Facebook update, is nature smart. I’m grateful for her and every person who uses their smarts for good and to help people.

Do you think Henry, and other service dogs, are people-smart? Do you think that’s possible? 