Marked Tree, AR (KAIT) – Three Rivers Nursing Home in Marked Tree has welcomed a new four-legged friend. The basset hound mix, Moose, was given to the nursing home by Paws 4 Hope in partnership with Paws 4 Seniors. Moose has been on quite the journey after his owner gave him up. Paws 4 Hope placed him in the Paws in Prison program, where two inmates spent six weeks training him before he joined his new home. Since his arrival, it's been all smiles around the nursing home.
"He's been a joy," said Administrator David Brazile. "You see residents stopping and petting him, and he falls over by their wheel chair and they rub his belly."
Moose has helped remind some of the residents of the pets they once had, and he's brought them a lot of happiness.
"Many of them had pets at home and weren't able to bring them, so this is like their pet for now,"
For resident, Ernestine Green, Moose has been a joy since the moment he walked in the doors.
"I was so excited the day he came I could hardly stay in my chair," said Green.
Moose is much more than just a furry friend. Greene said he's filled a void for not only her, but many of the residents.
"Even though the nursing home does everything in their power to make us comfortable and do as much for us as they can, they can't fulfill everything and that's where Moose comes in," said Green.