A "Bow" To Inker

Some of Inker's Messages
Dear Pat,

Our deepest sympathies to you. I'm sure Inker is on the Rainbow Bridge and is very happy. My prayers are with you.

-Ceil Banasiak and Bonnie (AAA dog)

Inker was an inspiration to both patients and staff, and will be sorely missed. His countless visits with Pat clearly defined our hospital's mission statement.

-Karen Tobe


I am saddened by this news but am buoyed by the knowledge that Inker was a true blessing to all those he met.

He never ceased to amaze me with his ability to bring cheer and peace to those he interacted with, patients and staff alike.

I'm sure that St. Francis, patron saint of animals, has helped arrange a special place for him among all God's
blessed creatures.

-Kathy Salamone

Click here for all of Inker's messages

NJN HealthWatch Report

He Brought "Wow" to the Animal Assisted Activities program

The Trinitas Regional Medical Center community was saddened in April by the news of the passing on Tuesday, April 8, of Inker, the first dog to volunteer for the Animal Assisted Activities Program. From the inception of the program in September 2005 until his last visits in early April, Inker brought his particular brand of cheer to patients in the hospital and the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center during nearly 1100 separate visits.

In December 2007, Inker, a nine-year old Golden Retriever, was diagnosed with canine lymphoma. Through the first three months of 2008, Inker's owner and handler, Pat Dobson, brought him into New York City for weekly chemotherapy treatments at the Animal Medical Center, which is affiliated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

In the last two weeks of his life, Inker courageously continued his visits to patients at the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center with those whom he had forged a communal bond while fighting the disease.

Trinitas is proud to share these photos of Inker doing what he did best, being a lovable and caring dog that patients and staff members alike knew and loved.




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