Hometown Hero: Amanda and Moses Ray
Being a patient at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital can be scary and stressful for children and their families. For the last four years, Amanda Ray and her dog Moses have walked the halls each week to try and make that experience a little better.
Moses is an 8-year-old Newfoundland. He weighs 175 pounds, he loves kids and vanilla ice cream. "He does a very good job, I just hold the leash," Amanda said.
Moses is the hospital's therapy dog, and Amanda said this was his calling from the start.
"During training class, all the kids would always rush up to him and he would do his thing and make them laugh," she said.
Amanda had to travel out of state for the official therapy dog test, and he has received numerous certifications and accomplishments for the task, like the Canine Good Citizenship Certificate, Certified Therapy Dog Certificate and Kanawha County Bark for Life Spokes Dog for the American Cancer Society.
"There is a lot of work that you have to put in to achieving this, making sure they're calm and stuff around kids but he, first time he aced it," Amanda said.
Now, Amanda and Moses take the time out of their busy schedule to spread love to children like Alyssa. Alyssa was in the hospital for the second day when she met Moses for the first time.
"It brightened up her day, big smile. She loves animals so it's a good thing for the children," Alyssa's mom Gladys said.