Thursday, November 29, 2012

A day at Edwardsville High School

What a day!  We visited lots and lots of students interested in medical careers.  Our friend, Candice Arana, Community Educator with Hospice of Southern Illinois, talked about hospice care and the wonderful services offered by Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

Magnum was so happy because he got to meet a ton of kids!  We started off talking about Magnum's Service Dog training, time spent in prison, and skills.  Then we got to the really fun part - talking about what Magnum does TODAY at the Hospice Home. He simply brings joy and comfort to people!  He does this through visits with patients, their families and his fellow employees at Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Magnum loves his job and was really happy to share the story of his work with the all the students today. 

Thank you, Ms. Jennifer Weller, Medical Occupations Coordinator, for asking us to come today!  We appreciate the opportunity to educate people (young and old) about hospice care.  Remember:  Hospice is about LIVING!

Magnum gave his all today in our presentations.  Here's what he is doing now:
Thank you everyone at Edwardsville High School for making this a great day for me, Miss Candice and Magnum!
Miss Carol

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THANKFUL for Trouw Nutrition USA!

Magnum has been really busy over National Hospice Month.  To kick it off, on October 30th, Magnum visited Trouw Nutrituion USA in Highland, IL where he received a donation on behalf of Hospice of Southern Illinois for their Facility Dog and Therapy Dog programs.  Twister, Service Dog-in-Training for CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc., also received a donation on behalf of CHAMP.  Trouw Nutrition USA announced these donations at their Companion Animal Summit in September 26-28 in Colorado Springs, CO.  This summit was an educational seminar for current and potential customers.  Magnum and Twister visited Trouw's Highland, IL office in order to meet employees and explain what their organizations and their own Service dog work is all about.

Magnum and Twister with their new favorite friend,
Lesley Gerard at Trouw Nutrition USA
Thank you to everyone at Trouw Nutrition USA for their support of both Magnum at Hospice of Southern Illinois and the wonderful work of CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc.

We are very THANKFUL for all of our blessings.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Miss Carol

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Father and Son

Murphy (Dad) on left, Magnum (Son) on right
Yesterday was a wonderful day for Magnum.  He met his Dad!  Dad is Murphy, also a CHAMP dog.  Murphy's Mom, Diane, brought Murphy to walk with Magnum in the 1st Annual "Magnum's Mile" - a walk for dogs and their humans celebrating National Hospice Month.  Diane thought that Father and  Son should walk together at such an important event.  Sooo sweet.  THANK YOU Diane for bringing Murphy.  And "yes", the two handsome boys seemed to know each other and feel their special bond.  A very special day for Magnum and Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Thank you to all the CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc. Therapy Dog teams who came to support their friend, Magnum.

Miss Carol
P.S.  More pics from "Dashin for Compassion" 5K  & Magnum's Mile to come...