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Dog provides critical support to elderly Coronavirus isolator

Sunny, the retriever with a note in his mouth dog-happy
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A Colorado woman provides provisions and medicines to her elderly neighbour, but does so in the most unexpected way: with the help of her trusty Retriever.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 01/04/2020, 19:00

 

Resident Renee Hellman is quarantined. Her chronic respiratory illness causes her to be one of the millions of people more at risk of developing and dying from Covid-19.

Being marooned at home is (as we know) not pleasant, but for the elderly of any country the quarantine also prevents their leave the house to buy food, collect medicines and meet friends.

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Fortunately for Ms Hellman her neighbour Karen Elvelth is on hand to help out. The two have known each other for ten years. Some support was the least Ms Elveth could offer for her long-time friend.

Retriever to the rescue

Elvelth has a unique way of getting supplies to her neighbour: she enlists the help of her Retriever Sunny.

Writes KKTV, Elveth said of a recent encounter, "She [Hellman] got the list, she gave it to Sunny, Sunny brought it to me.

"I went to the store, got her groceries, and he delivered them all to her.”

Hellman says that without Sunny's help - courtesy of Elveth - things would be much harder to bear.

"It's been fun," Hellman told KKTV. "It's been a real treat.

"Little things like Sunny coming over to visit is nice and it makes you feel good.

"Anybody can do something small, that can be so helpful," she added.

If you know of someone who is in need of assistance then act now to support them through this crisis. Today, more than ever, less-able people need your help.