Jake & Friends by Lori Henderson

Jake & Friends by Lori Henderson

Pictured here is Jake, a one-year-old purebred German Shepherd.
Jake’s owners are Dr. Bob and Mrs. Lori Henderson.

Dr. Henderson retired as the Northeast Regional Chief of the VA Ambulatory Clinics several years ago. He also practiced medicine in Havre, Montana for many years and understands the burden it puts on patients that require treatment at a great distance. Mrs. Henderson recently retired from her position as the Director of Nursing at the Great Falls Clinic for many years. They are both committed to promoting and increasing health care access across Montana.

As a person with many pets, two dogs and three cats to be exact, I know the value of pets as companions and supporters during tough times. There are many health benefits to owning a pet, especially when it comes to activity and overall happiness. We adopted a puppy 14 months ago through a fundraiser benefiting the Great Falls Legacy Foundation and named him Jake. He has been a delight, especially around our older pets. He reminds us daily to smile as well as to plant a firm stance just in case he decides to lick your face and knock you over. He has grown very fast over the years.

As a retired nurse, I know how much having a pet companion can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can also help manage loneliness and depression by offering their friendship. Studies have shown many health benefits to having a pet.

That is why my husband, Bob and I decided to sponsor the Pet Park. We understand the importance of having your pet with you during your stressful journey. The facility will house many different patients and their families with a variety of illnesses and they want to promote every avenue for healing possible. This includes being able to travel with your pets. Being a pet owner, I understand and value the importance of having my animals by my side.

In honor of our loving puppy, Jake, we have decided to name the pet park Jake and Friends . We want all pets to feel welcome so they can support you through your journey – whether its cancer, or a visit to your cardiologist.

Do you have a story to tell? Do you know someone that has had an experience they would like to share? Please submit your testimonial to Samantha at samantha.shinaberger@gfclinic.com. We would love to share your story and hear from you!