Nursing home residents visiting with 8 puppies is the purest thing you’ll see today

“I’ve owned Boxers for 32 years and have a Facebook group ‘Everyday Boxer‘ with nearly 50,000 Boxer fanatics. I breed on occasion.

Melinda Vogt/Four Fountains

 

When the pups are six weeks I begin socialization, and one of my favorite things to do with them is visit the elderly at Four Fountains nursing home.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

When I was a child my grandmother took me to visit her mother in a nursing home every Tuesday for almost a decade. Many years later, Grandma also finished out the last year of her life there.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

My family always made sure someone was there every day for both of my grandmas. But for many residents, that’s not the case. Some go years without a single visitor.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

It’s heartbreaking to see so much loneliness in a group of people that should be held in the highest regard.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

I wear them out before I take them in.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

The second we walk in with a basket full of puppies, all that loneliness is washed away, if only for a moment.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

The residents smile, laugh and share with me so many memories of their pets.

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

It is my hope that sharing these images of pure happiness will encourage others to visit the elderly with their pets.”

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

Brett Kaemmerer/Everyday Boxer

 

This story was submitted by Brett Kaemmerer, 40, of Belleville, Illinois. 

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