Volunteer takes therapy dog to people in group homes across Boulder County

Therapy dog brings comfort to residents

Boulder - We all need friends who encourage us. This week's 7Everyday Heroes are proof of that.

Ingrid Winter has two therapy dogs. She uses each to help people in hospice care, living at retirement centers, and in group homes throughout Boulder County.

"Some of these places I am part of the community.  I am really a part of the family," said Winter.

Especially on Wednesdays when she visits a group home in Boulder called the Bob and Judy Charles Smart Home.

"It is very therapeutic. They love to pet Raven and teach her tricks and give her treats.  It's a very special time," said Chantelle Tweten-Crumbliss, Site Supervisor of Bob & Judy Charles Smart Home.

Winter's labrador-mix, Raven, has a especially gentle way with strangers. Together they are a calming and encouraging force.

"Ingrid and Raven provide sort of an audience for some of the residents of the home when they're doing their exercises," said Tweten-Crumbliss.

Winter and Raven help at so many places across Boulder and Longmont every week they often rack up 6,000 miles a year.

They are proof that sharing a little of yourself goes a long way. 

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