Volunteer Spirit: Pound puppy offers friendly face at Alzheimer's home

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- About 21 people with Alzheimer's disease live at Courtyards Senior Living.

Cole lives there too. He was a pound puppy they adopted four years ago and has been a blessing.

He has comforted families during the last moments of a loved one's life by being in the room and sometimes putting his head on their feet.

Staff say he reminds the patients of a childhood pet they have, and they look at Cole as something they need to look after and care for.

Cole also was the mascot in 2011 for the annual Alzheimer's Tennessee walk, and raises money through his Facebook page, "Cole Courtyards"

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  • by Lee Location: Knoxville on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    I was so happy to see this video of Cole, the puppy dog who works at Courtyard Senior Living. I have met Cole and seen him in action and he does a wonderful job. All the staff are great too! I'm thankful that there is a marvelous place like this for people who have Alzheimer's and their families who need the support. Their care is given so generously by the staff and it is delivered with the elders' dignity foremost in mind.


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