BEAUMONT- by Ashley Gaston/KFDM News - It's a type of therapy that can help people recover from a stroke, complete their rehab more quickly and even smile while they're lying in a hospital bed.
A woman who is getting recognition for bringing pet therapy to patients met with KFDM anchor Ashley Gaston this afternoon.
She's on the job outfitted with bows in her hair, a collar that sparkles and eye-catching pink painted toenails.
"She loves people, she knows this is her job and she takes it seriously," said Sara Gubala.
Kennedy's owner, Sara Gubala is at the other end of the leash.
"If I don't grab her leash she's running me down the hall cause she's so excited to get in here and see her friends," said Gubala.
Kennedy's friends are the patients here at baptist Beaumont hospital.
"She's able to provide someone some happiness while they're staying in the hospital," said Gubala.
Today Kennedy is visiting in the ICU waiting room.
She receives a treat for every trick. Kennedy's owner says what makes her feel good is seeing a smile on the face of Meredith Carter.
"It eases the tension off of you," said James Carter.
Meredith's sister is having neck surgery.
The one on one time with Kennedy almost made her forget about the surgery.
"She was happy to see the dog," said Carter.
That response is why Kennedy and Sara come to the hospital three times a week.
"She loves it because people give her a lot of attention, she gets lots of treats and she loves the popcorn here," said Gubala.
All in a day's work for a dog that gives a lot more than she receives.
Tomorrow, Kennedy's owner will receive the Lamar University Rogers Community Service Award.
The owner told KFDM news she is honored, but believes Kennedy deserves all of the recognition.