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"

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 134232058 - local8now.com/a?a=134232058
Gray Television, Inc.