KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- People stopped in their tracks to pet Rusty when he walked the halls of Kernersville Medical Center.
“Rusty's very popular. Everybody knows Rusty, “Jerry Grubbs said.
The 6-year-old Golden Retriever is a certified therapy dog who travels with Grubbs, his owner, to local hospitals visiting employees, guests and patients.
“That’s the worst time in the hospital just sitting here and waiting and waiting, so it gives patients a little bit of a break,” Grubbs said.
Some patients will even request to see Rusty once they become aware that he’s in the hospital.
Rusty and Grubbs have been a team for almost five years.
During that time, Grubbs says he has heard heartfelt stories about how Rusty’s presence has helped lighten the mood.
“It's a good way to volunteer,” Grubbs said.
Rusty and Grubbs visit Kernersville Medical Center every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Their visits are part of a program Novant Health calls “Wagging Wednesdays.”
The two also visit other hospitals in the Piedmont.