The Jewish News: Therapy dog Bruno leaves behind a comforting legacy.
Let me introduce, Bruno a Portuguese Water Dog who is a Therapy dog working with Dr. Eisenburg. Everyday Bruno goes with the doctor to the clinic, DNS Hematology-Oncology. Bruno also accompanies Dr. Eisenburg to the hospital to visit patients. He is trained to calm a nervous patient by giving comfort. He always seems to know when to perform his duties and will often perform many cute tricks. It’s amazing how people start smiling whenever Bruno enters the room. Some patients even insist that Bruno be present whenever a procedure is performed.
When it was decided to get a dog for the clinic it was understood that the dog would need to be trained to the highest level. Initially Bruno was like any other rambunctious 8-week-old puppy and it was apparent that help was needed. Bonny Wainz from Alternative Canine Training was called and started training Bruno. The training was very positive and he learned quickly.
At five months old Bruno began to challenge as any teenager will do. Because of his special job; it was decided to send him to Bonny’s Bootcamp. So off he went, to learn all of the things necessary to become a Therapy dog. He returned 2 weeks later and was listening to all commands on and off leash. No one could believe a 6-month old puppy could be so well behaved.There were a few specialized tasks that Bruno needed to learn to perform his duties at the clinic.
Bonny came to the clinic for several weeks and worked with Bruno there. The staff was also trained on how to handle their new co-worker. It was of course very important that Bruno go to the hospital to comfort patients. To be in this type of environment he had to be under complete control. Bruno became a certified Therapy dog when he turned 1-year-old and officially began his career as a Cancer Treatment Therapy Dog.
It is hard to say the number of people who have benefited from Bruno’s presence at the clinic. Patients often ask, “Where is Bruno?” The minute they walk through the door. The thank you letters Bruno receives speak for themselves. Too bad Bruno can’t read. I sometimes think he can as he seems to know when people are talking about him. We do know that if it wasn’t for Bonny all this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you Bonny and Alternative Canine Training.
WHAT????? A dog in my office!!!!! This was my reaction when told by my daughter the psychologist dealing with handicapped children. I also heard “Dad you should have a therapy dog in your office it helps a lot of patients with serious illnesses.
Then I learned and realized what a therapy dog means seeing how patients reacted to the presence of Bruno our therapy dog provides to patients.
I call Bruno a human dog because his approach to patients is just unbelievable and amazing in the hospital or office how he senses patients with care and love.
He is a GREAT therapy dog. BRUNO!!!!Dr. Eisenberg
On and off for the past few years, I have been receiving chemotherapy at Dr. Eisenberg’s clinic. Everyone knows it’s not much fun. However, Dr. Eisenberg’s office has a saving grace the therapy dog Bruno. He is a black and white teddy bear of a dog, with large soulful eyes. He always greeted me like a long – lost friend, tail wagging, as he followed me to the chemo room. Bruno allows himself to be petted, will bring his toy if you feel like throwing it. If it’s not a particularly good day for me he might rest his head in my lap or even just lay down next to my feet. Bruno seems to have that 6th sense his mere gentle presence always made me feel better, more relaxed.
I look forward to seeing him again at my yearly check-ups, that is!
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A VISIT TO THE DOCTOR EISENBERG, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE THE DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER? YOU JUST HAVE TO BE GREETED BY “BRUNO” THE BEAUTIFUL AND SMART THERAPY DOG AT DR. LEO EISENBERG’S OFFICE.
NOT ONLY DOES THE STAFF WELCOME YOU WITH A FRIENDLY SMILE AND PLEASANT ATTITUDE, BUT YOU ARE GREETED WITH A WAGGING TAIL AND A NUDGE FROM A COLD WET NOSE.
I ALWAYS WONDER HOW BRUNO SENSES JUST WHAT YOU NEED. WHETHER YOU NEED HIM TO SIT BESIDE YOU FOR COMFRONT DURING YOUR TREATMENT, OR IF YOU ARE IN THE MOOD TO PLAY AND HE CAN BRING YOU A TOY TO TOSS AROUND.
I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS HIS BREED, A PORTUGUESE WATER DOG THAT PRODUCES SUCH A GENTLE DOG OR THE TRAINING THAT CREATES SUCH A SENSITIVE ANIMAL, BUT HAVING HIM BY YOUR SIDE ALWAYS BRIGHTENS WHAT OTHERWISE CAN BE A VERY DIFFICULT DAY.
A VERY GRATEFUL PATIENT