Bogey the Transplant Therapy Dog Brings Cheer to Patients

Bogey Transplant Therapy Dog with Patient Daphne VeysOne of our kidney transplant recipients, Daphne Veys (pictured right), recently received a visit from one of her favorite caregivers during her last visit to the Outpatient Transplant Clinic. This caregiver happens to have four legs — he’s Bogey, one of the OTC’s therapy dogs. Veys frequently requests a visit from her furry friend when she is in the transplant clinic’s infusion room. Bogey, who has his own official Emory Healthcare ID and “business” card, is known to put a bright smile on many of our visitors’ faces.

Bogey Transplant therapy dog

“Daphne walked more distance than I have seen her walk for some time by taking Bogey for a stroll through the clinic, and she even danced a little jig,” says Satrina Hill, the nurse manager in the OTC. “The excitement on her face was priceless, and she smiled continuously. Bogey is amazing.”

Bogey is a seven-year-old flat-coated retriever owned by Kyle Kusa-Henry, senior medical secretary in the liver transplant program. She trained Bogey and had him certified through Therapy Dogs International, which tests and registers therapy dogs and their handlers for the purpose of visiting hospitals and medical clinics such as our Outpatient Transplant Clinic.


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