'Dogs are MIRACLES with paws!
24 Months of age
Hawk-n’s Magical Bit-O-Pepper CGC RN THD Delta Society Pet Partner
November 30, 2005 – December 14, 2019
Tribute to My Magic
By Debbie Winn
Many of us are lucky to live our lives with dogs, but I was the real lucky one to share my life with Magic. He was my “once in a lifetime” dog that truly spoke to my heart and soul. Magic was that special dog that God blessed me with from the first moment I held him to his last breath. “Dogs have a way of finding people who need them and filling the emptiness we didn’t ever know we had” – Thom Jones
Magic could be goofy, full of personality, silly, caring, compassionate, smart, obedient and most of all everybody’s friend. He never met a stranger that he couldn’t immediately put a smile on their face. There was a brightness that radiated from his soulful eyes and a non-stop tail wag that you knew in that moment, you were the most important thing in his life. Whether it was a neighbor, a child playing in the Pediatric playroom, a wheel chair bound nursing home resident, hospital nursing staff member, cancer patients or grieving family members, he always had a way of brightening their day.
Magic could read me like the best novel from cover to cover. If I was sad, he was there to comfort me, bringing me his stuffed teddy bear and laying his sweet head on my shoulder. He would let my tears fall on his chocolate ears and sweetly lick them off my cheeks. He was always at the door waiting to help me bring in the groceries and yes there were always cookie treats involved. When I was in the kitchen baking, he would do his little silly wiggle and patiently wait to lick the cake batter off the beaters. Each night as I got ready for bed, he’d be warming my side of the bed, so he could snuggle up next to me. The best bed buddy, ever! As Magic grew older and was unable to climb the stairs, he would greet us each morning with his “Happy Dance” proudly carrying his stuffy. Even on his last day, he was giving the vet techs lots of “Fat Free Chocolate Kisses” for bringing him a yummy chocolate cupcake with icing. Magic truly was magical and a wonderful gift from God.
Until we meet again…My Sweet Magic.
In 2008, Magic & I started volunteering as Delta Society Pet Partners .
In 2013, when we retired as a Pet Therapy Team, Magic and I had volunteered over 400 + hours at local health care facilities . Therapy work is truly is a blessing and I loved sharing my wonderful boy. I was just the person holding the lead….Magic had the true gifts
'Reporting for Duty'... Magic's weekly visit to the Oncology floor at Lexington Medical Center
Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
Pet Therapy With Magic
A Moment with Magic
By Debbie Winn
You never know who you are going to encounter or the lives that you will touch, when you enter the hospital with your, Pet Partner. On this particular day, Magic, my Chocolate Lab and I were scheduled for a visit to the Oncology floor to bring some smiles and happy moments to the staff and patients. Arriving to the floor, I was told of the sad news that a family member had just passed away, so not wanting to interfere we bypassed the family and went to work on the other end of the hall. We visited all the patients on the floor, each one sharing their own special story with Magic and I, making us promise that we would return to see them soon. Also, the Staff members enjoyed giving Magic lots of hugs and in return he gave them all tail wags and 'Fat Free Chocolate Kisses'. As we were leaving, a family member who had lost their loved one noticed us walking by and said, 'That they sure would like to see Magic'. We happily responded to their request. Magic helped wiped away their tears and brightened their sad faces with smiles of joy that only petting an animal can bring. They all explained that this was what they needed at this time – A Moment with Magic.
Published in the Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Viewpoint Newsletter - March 2009
'When Prayers go up...Blessings will come down'