Dorchester resident and The Boston Home neighbor, Luis Jimenez and his dog Maggie, come every week to visit residents at The Boston Home. They move quietly from room to room – out to the garden in good weather – but their presence speaks volumes. “Maggie gets excited when I put on her green therapy vest, she knows she is going to TBH to visit her friends.” said Luis.
Luis Jimenez adopted Maggie 5 years ago. Maggie’s dog trainer suggested to Luis that Maggie be trained as a therapy dog. “He said that she had the perfect disposition of a therapy dog, he also thought I had the patience to be her handler.” “ I liked the idea of sharing Maggie and also I realized I wouldn’t have to pet her so much.” he laughed.
Maggie and Luis attended Dog B.O.N.E.S. Training located in Scituate, MA. Dog B.O.N.E.S.sm is an acronym for Dogs Building Opportunities for Nurturing and Emotional Support. Established in June 2002, their primary purpose is to provide well trained, affectionate, obedient, registered and insured therapy dog teams for visitation to nursing facilities, hospitals, rehab centers, schools, libraries, and any other Massachusetts location where they may provide therapeutic contact with the elderly, the disabled, or the young. Dog B.O.N.E.S.’s mission is to bring a little fun into someone’s day as they recuperate, rehabilitate or simply live life.
“The highlight of my week is seeing Luis and Maggie,” said resident Maureen O’Donnell. “I love dogs and Maggie is so sweet, and so is Luis.” she said as she smiled.