Saturday was a big day for Daisy D, Lola and Garbo. Honey Bunny was probably a little nervous and so was Pierre, for that matter.
Graduation ceremonies can be simultaneously joyful and stressful, and Saturday’s commencement at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport was no different for its graduates and its families.
Apart from those aspects, however, it was very different.
Lola, Daisy D and Honey Bunny were part of Saturday’s graduating class of eight therapy dogs that have met the proper requirements and will now join other dogs, such as Bella Nera and Foxy, and their humans, in providing services for people in hospitals, nursing homes and even hospice centers.
The graduating class is the latest group of therapy dogs from Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi.
“This is our 11th graduation,” coordinator Patsy Thomas said. “Last year alone we served over 1,000 hours. Our mission is to enhance lives. People need our …