St. Boniface hospital shows the portrait of Rusty: Winnipeg's glasses-wearing therapy dog

St. Boniface hospital shows the portrait of Rusty: Winnipeg's glasses-wearing therapy dog, Iryna Chyrkova

Rusty and his owner George Ames are volunteers at St. Boniface hospital for about eight years.

They spend three days a week there on a regular basis. Starting on Tuesday, a portrait of Rusty in glasses will decorate the hospital.

"It's beautiful. I think they got his good side," said George Ames, Rusty's owner and fellow volunteer.

Rusty with the owner helped not only patients but also the staff of the hospital. George Ames stated that in the beginning they came to patients who were dying. Rusty had a very positive influence on them, some even began to speak after many days of silence.

"It's the magic of an animal, of a dog — a good-looking dog with glasses."

As the volunteer service manager at the hospital explained, in addition to Rusty, there are 8 more animals who are volunteers at the hospital. However, Rusty is special.

Doctors from the hospital and city residents asked the famous pet artist to draw a portrait of Rusty wearing glasses. In October it was finally ready and now it can decorate the walls of St. Boniface hospital.

Dr. Stephen Cashman is one of those who decided to create such a portrait and he said that Rusty is a magical dog and he helped doctors and patients a lot.

 "Not just for me. I also saw the effect that Rusty had on patients," he said. "Thank you, Rusty. We appreciate your hard work. We appreciate all you've done for us. You're a good dog."

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