Pet Therapy in Southwest Michigan - Bronson Healthcare

Pet Therapy

Being in the hospital can be a stressful time for you and your family. To make your stay at Bronson the best it can be, we offer pet therapy by request. Our talented and specially trained canine volunteers help bring comfort and smiles everywhere they go.

Pet therapy has been shown to provide several benefits for patients. It can:

  • Provide distraction from pain and anxiety
  • Alleviate sadness and depression
  • Encourage healing
  • Promote physical activity
  • Enhance physical rehabilitation and speech therapy
  • Reduce blood pressure

Meet our furry friends

Our pet therapy program began in the pediatric unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital more than 20 years ago. Due to overwhelming success, you can now request a visit from our furry friends in several units at Bronson LakeView, Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Methodist hospitals.

Photo of Annie Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Annie

Breed: Shih Tzu Poodle mix
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteers with: Rich
Certification: Canine Good Citizen

Fun Facts:

  • Loves to box
  • Loves to be held
  • Loves a crowd
Photo of Brandy Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Brandy

Breed: Dachshund Cocker mix
Volunteer since: 2011
Volunteers with: Jeanne
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International
Fun Facts:

  • Was a street dog in Cabo San Lucus, then was rescued and sent by plane to the Kalamazoo SPCA
  • Is a Reading Therapy dog who listens politely while children read stories to her
Photo of Cash Pet Therapy Dog

Meet Cash

Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteers with: Teresa
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International
Fun Facts:

  • AKC Champion show dog with 4 obedience titles
  • Loves to swim and jump off the diving board into the pool
  • Lives on a farm with 2 other dogs, 2 horses, 3 cats, a bunny and a bird
Photo of Corky M Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Corky M

Breed: Great Dane
Volunteer since: 2013
Volunteers with: Melanie
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Fun Facts:

  • Has one blue eye and one brown
  • Loves to eat snow
  • Loves to ride in the jeep with his head out the back window for people to take pictures of him

Photo of Henry Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Henry

Breed: Newfoundland
Volunteer since: 2012
Volunteers with: Sue
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Fun Facts:

  • Likes to swim and is a certified Water Rescue Dog. He can save you if you were drowning.
  • Loves carrots and broccoli for treats
  • Pulls a cart, just like a horse, and likes to take children for rides
Photo of Lilah Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Lilah

Breed: Labrador Retriever
Volunteer since: 2014
Volunteers with: Cathi
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Membership: TDI
Fun Facts:

  • Loves to “Stop, Drop and Roll”
  • Was bred to be a Leader Dog for the Blind
  • Loves to have her belly rubbed
Photo of Lyric Pet Therapy Dog

Meet Lyric

Breed: Old English Sheepdog
Volunteer since: 2017
Volunteers with: Paula and Cliff
Membership: Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Fun Facts:

  • Lyric is a retired champion show dog
  • Likes to play hide and seek
  • Falls asleep in the bathtub
Photo of Lulu Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Lulu

Breed: Shih Tzu
Volunteer since: 2017
Volunteers with: Mary
Certification: Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Fun Facts:

  • Favorite toy is a teddy bear pillow, which is almost bigger than she is
  • Loves to fly on airplanes to visit family
  • Doesn’t like the rain, she hides in a closet and looks at the ceiling
Photo of Miss Bailey Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Miss Bailey

Breed: Golden Retriever
Volunteer since: 2009
Volunteers with: Brenda
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International
Fun Facts:

  • Loves “saying her prayers” for patients, parents and staff
  • Favorite food is pizza
  • Special trick is a “Great Hug” for everyone
Photo of Mr. Schultz Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Mr. Schultz

Breed: Giant Schnauzer
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteers with: Susan
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Membership: Pet Partners
Fun Facts:

  • Can flip a dog treat off his nose and catch it in his mouth
  • Loves to fetch tennis balls thrown in the lake
  • Is a strong swimmer, but has to relearn how to swim every spring
Photo of Ranger Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Ranger

Breed: Golden Retriever
Volunteer since: 2011
Volunteers with: Carol
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Fun Facts:

  • Loves children
  • Enjoys the outdoors – playing, swimming and kayaking
  • Was bred to be service dog
Photo of Sparty Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Sparty

Breed: Greyhound
Volunteer since: 2016
Volunteers with: Jerry and Shannon
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Membership: Therapy Dogs International
Fun Facts:

  • A retired racing dog, runs at 45 mph
  • Makes new friends at Bronson, nursing homes and schools
  • Loves peanut butter, squeaky toys and napping upside down
Photo of Teddy Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Teddy

Breed: Shih Tzu Poodle mix
Volunteer since: 2014
Volunteers with: Andrea
Certification: Canine Good Citizen
Fun Facts:

  • Knows a lot of tricks like “high 5,” “dance” and “take a bow”
  • Eats fresh vegetables every day
  • Helps find his doggy “sister” wherever she hides, inside or outside
Photo of Truman Pet Therapy Dog

Meet Truman

Breed: Newfoundland
Volunteer since: 2015
Volunteers with: Sue
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs Inc.
Fun Facts:

  • Loves to swim, pull a cart and do therapy work
  • Enjoys being in the dog show ring and is a champion
  • Thinks broccoli is a treat
  • Loves playing tug and fetch
Photo of Winter Pet Therapy Dog.

Meet Winter

Breed: Giant Schnauzer
Volunteer since: 2013
Volunteers with: Sue
Certification: Canine Good Citizen and Pet Partners
Fun Facts:

  • Was rescued from a shelter in Arkansas
  • Loves Nylabones, agility class and playing with her puppy sibling
  • Can flip a dog treat off her nose and catch it in her mouth

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