A fluffy white bichon frise-poodle mix hopped into Frank McCraven’s lap as he sat in a wheelchair just outside his room at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Beau gazed up appreciatively at McCraven, who scratched his back. It was obvious the two had immediately connected.
McCraven had a visit from a golden retriever the day before, but this was the first time Beau and his owner, Maureen Walsh, of Glendale, had stopped by for a visit. They spend two Saturdays a month visiting patients as volunteers with the medical center’s Pets With Purpose program.
“It makes it a more natural place to be,” McCraven said. “I just hope this program continues.”
His daughter, Liz McCraven, was equally happy about the program.
“It’s great,” she said. “Especially for people who are here for a long time. He will only be here a short time, but he’s getting the benefit of this nice program.”