Meet RENLY! She's a 2-year-old black lab from PAWS With A Cause. She's a service dog, like a guide dog or mobility assistance dog. A facility dog's job is to help make people feel safe and confident. She's finished her first two years of training and now has to learn the specifics of our office and patients.
She started working with patients in January 2023. We hope our patients look forward to their appointments and seeing their furry friend.
It takes a lot to raise and train a facility dog. Thousands of hours of volunteers' time... and $6,000 up-front and $2,500 each year after that. Caring for patients with disabilities is our passion. We'd really appreciate any help you can give!
RENLY celebrated her day off doing two of her favorite activities at home:
Sunbathing and chewing sticks – which, as you can see from her expression, can be serious business!
RENLY has been with Rush Pediatric Neuropsychology and Grand River Rehabilitation for a full six months now. The year is flying by. She has made a huge difference in many people’s lives. She has learned the routine of our practices and her favorite ‘command’ is “RENLY, Friends!” It is a joy for everyone to see her happily trotting down the hallway with her tail wagging and body wiggling – “Waggling.”
Never mind the doctor – Is RENLY in?
Yes! And she will be with you shortly!
RENLY just loves flowers. She likes to look at them, smell them, and occasionally eat them. When she got a bouquet at the office she literally did a happy dance in the hallway!
Yes, more pictures of RENLY. But seriously, nobody wants more pictures of Dr Rush anyway!
Last weekend, RENLY was reunited with her foster family. Ron and Marcia Wynsma invited us to their home where RENLY saw her foster siblings and former PAWS With a Cause dogs STRYKER and ARCHIE, and GINGER, their current foster puppy.
All pups had a fun afternoon of running, chasing, playing with toys, and just wearing each other out.
The Wynsma family raised RENLY from the time she was a puppy (just after she was weaned) until she was over one year old.
We are forever grateful for the time, energy, patience, and heart/soul they gave to RENLY. Thank you, Ron and Marcia – your efforts have already made a difference in so many of our patient’s lives.