"They have always been a Golden Retriever family." After 52 years of marriage, the Cohon's now have "..ended up getting into something we didn’t know existed,” and sharing their current pair of Goldens with those in need.
George Cohon was walking his dogs recently when a passerby began to stare.
People sometimes recognize the 75-year-old who brought the golden arches to eastern Canada and Russia. But this man had his eye on the Golden Retrievers.
“He says, 'Are those the two dogs who go to Baycrest?' " recalled Cohon’s wife Susan.
The Cohons, along with Tilly and Simmy, have been visiting palliative care and rehab hospitals, like Baycrest, for five years. The dogs are both certified therapy dogs.
On the weekly trips, the Cohons first check to see if patients are asleep, allergic, or not big on dogs. Once given the OK, Simmy and Tilly approach the bed, past the IV tubes and monitors, and nuzzle their heads onto the bed so the person can touch them.