Lacey was a therapy dog at Converse Home for many years. Every Saturday she visited, and when one of her friends there was in the hospital or rehab, she visited them there, too. Recently, it was her turn to need comfort. She had emergency surgery on a Thursday, and went to the vet for a check-up the following Saturday. We asked the vet if she thought it would be ok for Lacey to visit Converse Home, as usual, and she said it would be ok. When we arrived, Lacey stayed in the van and her friends came out to see her. Gail spent some quiet time with her, and Connie climbed right in the van beside Lacey and gave her the special back and tummy rub. Everyone fought back tears, wished Lacey courage, told her how loved she is, and that she is in everyone’s prayers. They reminded Lacey that she is their Hometown Hero, now and forever! The next three Saturdays, Lacey joined her friends in the parlor before lunch. We told funny stories about Lacey, and gave her lots of hugs. Being a Therapy Dog of Vermont was her proudest achievement, and she wore her bandana proudly.
– Lea Terhune