Mini Horse Creating Big Smiles

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Sue Binsfeld has been making visits to people in need with therapy animals for over a decade.

This year marks her 10 year anniversary with her miniature therapy horse Rosie at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Sue bought Rosie through a friend when she was just a young horse because she knew that Rosie would be perfect for the therapy pet program.

Since then Rosie has made numerous visits to the hospital, becoming a popular site to see at the hospital.

Sue is always receiving requests for Rosie to stop by and visit, and in doing so Rosie has grown quite popular with patients and workers at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. 

The Chief Medical Officer at the hospital Dr. Brian Johnson says, “Some of the patients are here unfortunately almost on a regular basis for continuing care and they get to know the pets and they get to know the owners of the pets. Their faces light up once they see the pets come into the room at it really just brighten their day up and even their family members.”

Therapy animals like Rosie have been helping patients at the hospital since day one.

Johnson also says to truly help heal patients they not only need the physical treatments for patients but the emotional treatment as well, and that is where the pet therapy program is so beneficial for the medical center. 

Sue hopes to keep visiting with Rosie for years to come and continue her aid, bringing smiles to patients who need a smile.

Rosie is a way to keep the patients positive and happy when they are feeling down. 

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