It’s not every day you walk around a corner in a hospital and find a valued member of the staff with four paws. This is Staff Sgt. Nathan Canine, recently promoted from corporal (his rank in the video), a therapy dog at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. While working on an update to a piece we did on the hospital’s opening, we ran into Nathan and Kristen Maisano, a doctor of occupational therapy at the hospital who told us about her four-legged companion’s duties.
On top of being very cute and friendly, Nathan can fold laundry, act as a sleep companion and simply provide comfort to wounded service members.
If you’re at the hospital, stop by and say hello.[brightcove video=”1617846352001″ /]
I’d like to say “thank you” to our military medical system for finding innovative and effective ways to care for our ill and wounded.