NORMAN — One of my favorite Transcript stories this week was about Quigley, an Australian shepherd and golden retriever mix, who has taken up permanent residency at Griffin Memorial Hospital and will serve as a therapy dog.
Being a dog lover myself, I was pleased that not only did Quigley get the proper training he needed to be a kind, lovable and respectable member of the doggy community, but he’s also going to help so many who could use an extra friend.
I’ve known personally the importance of having a four-legged friend. They are there to calm you down, share in your victories, dance around the living room with you to a Billy Joel song and, at least the two dogs I have, are always there to help you out if you overstepped your diet and need help finishing any extra scraps of food — as long as it’s not a vegetable.
Quigley comes with great training, as he’s a graduate of the Friends for Folks program in Lexington. The dogs are trained by inmates at the Lexington correctional facility and are then released once they graduate from the training program to families and facilities in need of companions.
Another benefactor of a pet from the Friends for Folks program is the Norman Veterans Center. Sarge has been on active duty as the facility’s top dog for several years and replaced Little Bit, the dog that called the Norman Veterans Center home for 10 years before her passing in 2012 after suffering from congestive heart failure.
Every time I’m at the Veterans Center, I see Sarge. He’s tail deep in the trenches as he roams around the center, giving a smile to those he meets. His dedication to those who served this country is greatly appreciated
I’m sure Quigley will settle in nicely to his new home. And, like Sarge, I’d like to personally thank him for his service to those who need a little extra something to help brighten their days. Both dogs have hard but rewarding jobs.