This week we’re highlighting one of our favorite friends, Midas the therapy dog! Might-but-gentle, Midas is an 11 year old Husky, Shepard mix who was rescued from a shelter by his owner Judy. They’ve been paying the ladies at Countryside a visit every Friday morning after Midas earned his “Canine Good Citizen Certificate” 4 years ago.
Midas never fails to brighten everyone’s spirits. We’re grateful for his visits knowing that pet therapy has been shown to have countless benefits on the physical and emotional wellbeing of the elderly. Particularly among nursing homes residents, more time with pets has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and release serotonin and dopamine, all of which have a positive impact on mental state*. More reasons why we love our Midas time!
A couple of fun facts about Midas
1. A true New Englander, he loves the snow.
2. All Judy has to say is “Let’s go see the ladies”, and he’s at the door ready to go!