Quarantine Doesn't Stop This Therapy Dog From Comforting The Seniors To Let Them Know They're Not Alone

by Shasta

Meet Tonka, one adorable therapy dog that stepped up to the plate when times got tough.

His comforting presence has brought so much joy to the residents and patients at Cedar Pointe Health and Wellness Suites in Texas, over the last year.

He's always there to offer loving support whenever anyone needs it, but with the safety precautions surrounding this insane coronavirus pandemic, the regular visits had to momentarily be put on hold.

Senior Care facilities around the world have gone into self-isolation, doing all that they can to limit their contact with the outside world in an effort to escape COVID-19.

However, Tonka and his handler seemed to have found a loophole, and used it to their advantage.

Instead of entering the building like usual, Tonka greeted the residents at their window sills instead. His bold heart let them know that even though they're in isolation for the time being, they're most certainly not alone.

It's safe to say the residents were completely overjoyed that nothing could stop Tonka's comforting ways.

"It was heartwarming to see the look on the faces of the elderly when they were surprised to see Tonka in their window," gushed Tonka's handler, Sarah Peters.

"When they would put their hands up against the window it brought a few tears," she told the Dodo in an interview.

Some of the residents missed him so much, that they'd made signs just for Tonka.

They wanted to show their appreciation for him, by simply being there for them during this tough time.

Tonka's handler divulged that this would be the first of many visits for him. And that no matter what, he will bring as much joy to the residents as he possibly can, until each of them can see him face to face again.

"I’m so lucky that I was there [that day]," Peters said, "to see that and be a part of it all."

What a true joy. It's stories like these that keep us all going at times like this.