One of the most well-known members of the Bayhealth Physical Therapy team weighs 30 pounds and stands 13 inches tall. Jack, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi who will turn three in April, works twice a week at the Bayhealth Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, Dover.
“He’s the motivator around here,” said Jack’s owner, Kayleigh Karnbach, Physical Therapy Aide and Registrar. Pediatrics patients often need encouragement as they undergo treatment, and the chance to offer Jack a treat provides the necessary boost. Hand therapy patients throw a ball for Jack as part of their treatment regimen.
Karnbach received Jack as a present upon her graduation from Delaware State University in 2010, and the two soon began training with PAWS for People, a Newark-based organization that promotes individualized therapeutic experiences. To become certified as a therapy team, the pet and pet owner complete a series of workshops focused on behavior, demeanor, and communication.
Jack is also certified through the American Kennel Club’s “Canine Good Citizen” program, which stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs.
At Bayhealth, patients and staff throughout the hospital welcome visits from Jack. Most recently, he cuddled with patients in the Intensive Care and Inpatient Orthopedics units. Karnbach’s mother, Kathleen, a Bayhealth Physical Therapy Assistant, passes along requests for Jack from patients who miss their dogs or need a little extra TLC.
In addition to his work at Bayhealth, Jack will soon participate in the PAWS for Reading program. He will visit libraries and elementary schools to provide a positive reading experience for young readers who may need support in developing their literacy skills. The lucky students at W. Reily Brown Elementary will be Jack’s next group of new friends.