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This afternoon, my mom and I took Brady to go visit my 80 year old grandmother at the nursing/rehab home where she's recovering from a knee replacement. The plan was to bring my grandmother outside to sit with Brady for a bit. While I was waiting for my mom to bring her out, an elderly woman in a wheelchair came over to see Brady. Though he's always friendly, he often tries to jump up with excitement, because he loves people so much (we're working on this :)) To my surprise, Brady sat down, let the woman pet him for a minute, and then layed down, right at her feet. I think he made the woman's day. I was so proud of him. So my mom and grandmother came outside, and a few minutes later, a nurse came outside, and said that all the patients absolutely love it when dogs come in, and would I be willing to bring Brady inside to visit. I thought that was awesome! Well we went inside, visited with my grandmother, and got stopped by a bunch of people when we were leaving - they all wanted a minute with Brady! One man called us in, and said his dad has always loved dogs. The man was bedridden, and couldn't see. Brady sat down right next to his bed, and the man put his hand out, right on Brady's head. The smile on his face when Brady started licking his hand was something I'll never forget. This was the first of 3 bedridden patients that Brady made happy today. I'm still amazed that as a young puppy, Brady was so calm in a brand new environment, with so many new people giving him attention. It was like he knew he had to behave. All I could think about in there was how he'd make such a good therapy dog - I'll be looking into it :) So that's my story, thanks for reading. I just thought that even though its such a simple thing, in a world with so much bad news, it was really a heart warming story. Just one more reason why Goldens are so amazing :)
 

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What a wonderful boy Brady was! They seem to know that they need to be gentle with some folks. It's a beautiful gift they have. I hope you take him on to become a Therapy Dog. He seems to be a natural!
 

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that is really sweet. i know what you mean though with them being calm as we brought lucy to my father in laws nursing home while he was recouping from a massive stroke (couldn't talk or anything) & it was the best. she was so calm & gentle & they just loved her. as she is really high energy when she meets new people but i swear they really can sense something different.goldens are so precious. what a great story.
 

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I truly hope that sometime I'll have a story like that to tell...I really want to take my little puppy on the Therapy dog route. I told my breeders about it, and they'll take it into account when they do the temperament testing, so that's a good start!
 

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What a sweet story and just brought tears to my eyes. I agree that he sounds lieke he would be a great therapy dog. Such happy memories you have given the people at the nursing home and I hope you will go back. Brady you are a wonderful special boy and have made your Mom so proud of you.
 

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Special boy, really does your heart good to see how much joy they bring.
 

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I think you have a therapy dog in the making! Wow!
Many years ago my grandmother sustained a nasty fall and was put in a nursing home for rehabilitation. It was about a mile from our house so we would walk our first golden Beau over to see her. The home was great about letting him in to visit. One day a man with Alzheimers came over to visit him and insisted it was his dog Red that escaped from his fence and we needed to give him back! We adopted Beau at 4 months from a shelter. We just smiled and asked if we could keep him until the gentlemen could get back to his house. Fortunately he said yes so we avoided a scene! It is amazing to see how goldens bring smiles to so many lonely seniors.
 

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it's nice he could bring smiles to so many faces...just takes a little thing and people feel better.

I hate that homes don't allow pets, you hear all these stories of seniors having to give away loved pets.

You did a wonderful thing for them today.
 

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Gunner and I have been visting a nursing home since he was a puppy. I visit a 98 year old lady every week. Ive experienced the same thing with all the people wanting to touch or pet him. They all have the biggest smiles on their faces and it sure makes me feel good seeing all of them happy. He always seems to be on his best behavior too. He makes me proud!
 

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Nice one Brady - sounds like he is going to be one pup who is in much demand. They nearly always have a sixth sense that they need to be calm and quiet with some and their usual goofy selves with others.
 
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