Gables Care Center resident, Helen Petty pictured, couldn’t get enough of “Katie.” Owner Jean Golladay (standing) enjoys her visit while sharing her pet with others. Photo provided

HOPEDALE – The winter doldrums were alleviated for a short time on Jan. 21 when Jean Golladay arrived with her dog, “Katie” at Gables Care Center in Hopedale.

The two of them came as a “Pet Visitation”, a valuable therapy for residents in facilities. They visited with a large group in the dining room; several of the residents were holding and caressing “Katie”. This sparked many memories and the residents talked about the dogs that they have owned.

Katie and Jean then went into the rooms of people who were not able to attend the activity; smiles and stories were exchanged. Katie is an 11 mo. old Papillon pup, a breed that gets it’s name because the dogs’ ears look like butterflies. She was very friendly; loving all of the attention that she received, and was quite well behaved. Jean is a retired Wintersville resident, wanting to share her Katie with people, a ministry that brings her as much joy as it gives to others.