NCHC therapy dog Alvin retires
For the Tomahawk Leader
WAUSAU – North Central Health Care (NCHC) last week announced the retirement of its therapy dog, Alvin.
On Friday, July 21, NCHC hosted a retirement celebration for Alvin at Mount View Care Center in Wausau, where attendees had the opportunity to walk down memory lane with Alvin and extend their appreciation for his unwavering support.
Among those in attendance was Alvin’s brother Theo, who currently serves as a therapy dog with the Wausau Police Department.
Alvin joined NCHC in Feb. 2019 after receiving his training as a therapy dog with a K9 training facility in Anniston, Ala. NCHC staff spent two weeks in Alabama learning commands and Alvin’s training routines before returning and welcoming Alvin to Central Wisconsin.
“Since 2019, Alvin has provided countless individuals and families with emotional support and comfort in various settings, such as NCHC’s hospitals, nursing homes, schools and out in the community,” NCHC said. “Most recently, Alvin has served as a Therapy Dog on the Crisis Assessment Response Team (C.A.R.T.), providing support out in the community with a Crisis Professional and law enforcement officer by his side.”
NCHC said Alvin offered countless hours of affection, providing a sense of security to reduce anxiety and stress in those he interacted with.
“Through his gentle interactions and unconditional love, Alvin has helped people improve their moods, boost morale and promote relaxation,” NCHC stated. “His presence often encourages communication and socialization, benefiting people of all ages, particularly those facing emotional or physical challenges.”
NCHC added that Alvin’s therapeutic abilities “made him an invaluable contributor to enhancing human well-being in our community and in the NCHC workplace.”
“Alvin has truly enjoyed NCHC and all the humans he has encountered over the years,” NCHC said. “We know he is looking forward to naps all day, every day, and will miss the hugs and treats he receives from his coworkers and friends.”