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Volunteer Service on the ACE Unit

"Gundy" Russman

"Because good dogs are good medicine."
11 year old German Shepherd Guide Dog (Retired)

Gundy is delighted to embark on his second working dog career at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center as a Therapy Dog affiliated with The Good Dog Foundation.

Gundy visits patients weekly in the Greenburg North Geriatric and Gerontology Division, under the enthusiastic and caring supervision of Barry Gallison, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

During his first career, Gundy worked as a Guide Dog in Boston, MA, for 7 years with his blind partner, Bob. Gundy faithfully guided Bob around the busy and complicated Boston metropolitan area - almost always on public transportation. Gundy also participated in two official meetings in the United States Congress in March 1999 and February 2000, and he guided Bob to frequent meetings at the Massachusetts State House, lobbying for budget and services for disabled people.

To say that Gundy saved his partner's life on numerous occasions would be to say "all in a day's work" for any Guide Dog. However, the breadth and depth of Gundy's love for, and service to, his blind partner was never more evident than one sunny Saturday afternoon in October 1997. While walking along the Charles River, two very powerful and vicious stray dogs attacked Bob and Gundy. Although Gundy suffered multiple bite wounds, he defended Bob with all his might until help arrived. Following an emergency room visit, Gundy was at Bob's side working the very next day, not once displaying any sign of hesitation, lack of purpose, or fear and aggression towards other dogs. To this day, the only visible reminder of this attack is the missing notch at the tip of Gundy's left ear.

Gundy, and his entire family at the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, would like to thank the good people of The Good Dog Foundation and New York Presbyterian Hospital for looking favorably on this "old dog" of 11 years and for giving him the opportunity to work with people again. "Because good dogs are good medicine."

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