At a time when everyone should really be keeping their distance from one another, Karen Eveleth trained her dog to deliver groceries to her quarantined neighbor. Renee Hellman, 71, of Manitou Springs, Colorado, has several medical conditions that make her susceptible to the coronavirus.
Hellman has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart problems, which are all indicators that she, like many people her age, is vulnerable to the coronavirus. This is why she has been spending the last few months primarily in the confines of her home.
Eveleth, Hellman’s neighbor, decided to lend a helping hand, or in this case, a helping paw. Sundance or “Sunny,” her 7-year-old golden retriever, was trained to deliver groceries and homemade meals.
They exchange messages on a daily basis. Sunny is simply pleased to be doing his job. She got the idea after hearing about a service dog in training who visits hospitals to comfort doctors suffering from the coronavirus. She reasoned that her dog could also do the same.
Upon hearing the story, Eveleth realized she has a dog that could help. She called Hellman and told her she was going grocery shopping. Eveleth was well aware that she was alone in that place. Hellman’s sister used to visit her once a week. However, due to the isolation, there is no longer any way to check in. So she decided to go get her groceries and she agreed.
Sunny isn’t bothered by all of the attention. He is a hero with a humble demeanor. Sunny knows he has to get something for mom when he hears something drop because Eveleth has a bad back. He also retrieves the mail. Eveleth instructs the carrier to leave the box open. Sunny has two siblings, but they are not in the delivery or pick-up business.
Credit: This Dog’s Life