Someone once said that troubling times could either deter us, shape us, or inspire us. During these dark times, a lot of people stepped up to help one another. Surprisingly, it’s not just the humans who are getting in on the act, but even our dogs are doing their part as well.
One of these heroic dogs is Dogtor Loki. This cute Rottweiler is a therapy dog that belongs to medical student Caroline Benzel. Loki’s mom is an intern at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and they used to frequent the hospital three times a week to cheer up the staff and the patients in the building.
However, since the COVID-19 pandemic took over, therapy dogs were no longer allowed inside the hospital. This was a bummer for Caroline and Loki. But despite this hurdle, they weren’t about to give up. Every now and then, they FaceTimed the UMMC staff to cheer them up. That’s when Caroline noticed something about her colleagues.
Since the hospital staff were required to wear masks, their skin started to become irritated. This was the problem that Caroline wanted to help them with. Loki is a pretty famous pooch, and she has quite an online following. Using her dog’s social media account, Caroline raised some funds for her project.
She called it “Hero Healing Kits.” These care packages are comprised of simple items like lotions, Gold Bonds, Chap Sticks, and some healthy snacks. Medical front liners are so busy that they have forgotten to look after themselves, and this initiative is a reminder that people care about them.
Dogtor Loki helped deliver the 1,400 healing kits they have produced, and Caroline promises that they will deliver more to other hospitals as well. Caroline and Loki’s kind act has inspired others to do the same. Hopefully, this will catch on around the world so that we can show our appreciation to our medical front liners.
Credits: Good Morning America