Maggie's Comfort Corner
In the summer newsletter, we had mentioned that Pastor Rob and Maggie comfort dog had been invited to appear on the show “In Good Company with Ron Dukenski” to discuss Newtown Comfort. It’s an interview-style, public affairs show where they talk to and about interesting people, places, and things happening here in western CT. Well, the interview was taped in mid-July at the CTV192 Community Access TV studio here in Newtown, and the show is airing locally on CTV192 on these dates:
We are pleased to announce that Maggie and her handlers have made it through the arduous approval processes at both Danbury Hospital (Bev Thompson and Anita Harris) and Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (Cathy Swanson and Anita Harris), and have started serving at these hospitals.
Bev has begun serving with Maggie for Sunday afternoon visits at Danbury Hospital, with nurses helping to direct them to patients they know would particularly benefit from a visit. Maggie is bringing smiles to patients and staff alike.
Cathy Swanson has begun serving with Maggie on weekly visits to Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, as they’re accompanied to group therapy sessions. Their interactions with patients are being tracked, and on their first visit, 126 interactions were counted! According to Yale, an interaction doesn’t have to be physical, it just has to make someone smile.
Anita will be scheduling her hospital visits with Maggie beginning in the fall.
In addition to her other regularly scheduled activities, Maggie’s summertime activities included a couple visits to the C.H. Booth Library’s children’s library, one a drop-in, which was well received by the children and staff alike. (We have a standing invitation there.) The other was a scheduled event where children could sign up for a 15-minute read-to-Maggie time slot. All available time slots were taken, and Maggie got to hear some good stories while seeing old friends and making new friends.
We’re now working with our Newtown school liaisons to build our school year schedules for Maggie visits, and expect to continue doing regularly scheduled visits to Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School and Newtown High School.
If you’d like to learn more about Newtown Comfort, just ask one of Maggie’s handlers, or visit Maggie Comfort Dog on Facebook or lcck9maggie on Instagram. feel free to email me at
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