One Dog Lifting Spirits At Hospital

Sometimes all you need is a little tender love and care and that's what one pup is trying to give local patients in the hospital.

Jitters and her handler Mary Sours visited kids in the pediatric clinic Tuesday.

It's part of an animal assisted therapy program at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Sours tells us the two see patients all the time and try and have as much fun as possible.

Last week Jitters even got her nails painted by a patient who needed a pick me up.

While Sours is a nurse at the hospital, she volunteers her time for the therapy program and says they're always looking for more people and dogs to get involved.


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  • by Mary Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    Sorry forgot to post my email. liv42dy@earthlink.net. Please feel free to contact me about becoming a Pet Partner team.
  • by Shawn Location: Grifton on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    To "Dog Tired" In response to "too many dog stories" most of the "stories" are negative, just look @ the headline for today 4/13/10. Talking about abuse, neglect, etc... This is a wonderful program & since WITN's web designer decided not to show the video & or the pic you really can't get the jest of it from the small blip. Like the other posters, it is always nice to see anyone (even dogs) do something nice for others
  • by Mary Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    I am Jitters Mom and would love for anyone interested in becoming a Pet Partners team to please email me. Thank you all for your support for such an amzing program. I know how much a visit from her can change a patient's day.
  • by DogLVR Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    Darren: Jitters is a small mixed breed from the animal shelter. Here is the video url of him. http://www2.wnct.com/nct/news/local/ Rebecca Kendrick in Kill Devil Hills is with Delta Society if you want more information about getting involved there.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Apr 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    To Dog Tired, it sounds like you don't show any respect or love for dogs. I will have to tell my wife about this. She would get a kick out of this as she is a nurse as well. WITN, I think you all should post a picture of the dog. I would love to know what breed it is.
  • by Thankyou Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    To "dog tired". Any story showing people and/or animals doing something positive for others is needed. Afterall, isn't it the adult (nurse) who is volunteering and taking the dog to see the children? I would love to be involved in something like this--so WITN if you can provide more details on this or other animal therapy programs I would like to get involved.
  • by Dog Tired on Apr 7, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    Still too many animal stories on WITN. What about stories of children and adults who help others? People are much important than animals today. Without people, there would be no domesticated animals. Come on, WITN, find some better news. This is lousy journalism.
  • by Gville Location: Gville on Apr 7, 2010 at 04:08 AM
    Top Dog Academy trains dogs for entry into Animal Assisted Therapy programs such as the one at PCMH.
  • by Danielle Location: Grifton on Apr 6, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    I was so touched and inspired when I saw this story on the news tonight. I teach 2nd grade at an inner city school in Kinston and know first hand how children respond to friendly animals. I have a rescued dog named Lucee who was abused and mistreated with her former owners. I was wondering how I could get in touch with Ms. Sours to see about becoming apart of this program. I know Lucee would benefit from it just as much as the children. If anyone has any information on how Lucee and I can get involved, please email me at: ddingus@lenoir.k12.nc.us
  • by At The Zoo Location: Pitt Co on Apr 6, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    Where do I sign up? I have three very well-behaved dogs that would love to visit ECHI. Well, okay ... make that two very well-behaved dogs.
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