The Coronavirus is known to be especially deadly for people with respiratory issues because it creates inflammation and fluid build-up in the lungs.
While the rest of the world has been requested to stay indoors to help control the spread of the deadly virus, Sunny, a beautiful Golden Retriever, has been putting his freedom to good use. You see, Sunny has been delivering groceries to his neighbor, Renee Hellman, while she self-isolates. According to WGN-TV, Sunny's owner, Karen Eveleth, and Renee Hellman have lived next to each other for over a decade. Hellman uses an oxygen tank since she has respiratory issues. The Coronavirus is known to be especially deadly for people with respiratory issues because it creates inflammation and fluid build-up in the lungs.
This explains why Eveleth decided Hellman needed help with her groceries. The process is simple, really. Eveleth sends Sunny over to Hellman's house to get her shopping list. After Eveleth returns from the store, she gives Sunny the grocery bag and he delivers it next door to Hellman. “Karen’s a great neighbor, she watches out for me,” Hellman said. Eveleth started this off as a trial run, but it soon became clear that Sunny wanted to help. “He just did it, it was, all of a sudden, and he was here, and that’s my job, and I’m gonna do it – so it was wonderful,” Eveleth said. She even gives him the doggy equivalent of a tip after each successful delivery by asking, "Who's a good boy?" and giving him a rub down.
show me a cat that can or would do that Dogs are and will always be better— Cloude Exvius (@CloudeExvius) March 30, 2020
“She could not believe it, she always runs to the window to see that ‘oh my God I can’t believe he did it again, and again, and again,’” Eveleth said. “He’s a hero for sure,” Hellman added. Of course, Sunny gets a lot of love and cuddles, and some treats. “He does get his treats, he’s motivated by those for sure. But he’s really special to me, and I’d be lost without him because he helps me so much, so I wanted him to help other people. That’s exactly what he did. Pretty proud,” Eveleth explained. Golden Retrievers are known to be bird dogs, which means they're quite smart when it comes to borrowing and returning items to their owners.
OMG that is the sweetest thing. This made my day :-)— Lisa Harris (@thewhalewhisper) March 30, 2020
This is why quite a few service dogs are goldies because they are eager to please their owner, and that's exactly why Sunny loves doing these grocery trips. Sunny's regular visits are also a great pick-me-up for Hellman, especially since she lives alone. "Little things like Sunny coming over to visit is nice and it makes you feel good," Hellman said, according to KKTV. "It's a way of communicating." Meanwhile, there have been stories of how dogs are carriers of COVID-19, and several people have approached vets to have their pets euthanized, too, amid fear of them contracting and spreading the deadly disease.
"There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19," the World Health Organization said in a statement. "COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks." Now, Eveleth hopes that the story of Sunny and Renee gives people something to smile about in these trying times. "Anybody can do something small, that can be so helpful," she said. The story of Renee Hellman and Sunny is a great example of neighbors helping each other in a crisis. It goes to show that even when people practice social isolation, with a little creativity, they can help their neighbors.
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