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Beloved canine moves on after helping hospital staff through a year of the pandemic

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Staff members at a Denver hospital have said a sad goodbye to Wynn, their canine companion for nearly two years and a presence during the Covid-19 pandemic that proved especially helpful.

(CNN)Staff members at a Denver hospital have said a sad goodbye to Wynn, their canine companion for nearly two years and a presence during the Covid-19 pandemic that proved especially helpful.

Wynn, a Labrador mix that's going to become a service dog, walked out of the Rose Medical Center for the last time on February 10.

Wynn had been accompanying Dr. Susan Ryan, a volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence, to her job in the emergency department.

"When Covid first happened, there was a palpable fear in the department," Ryan said.

Wynn brought comfort during uncertain times.

She said Wynn had provided a much-needed crutch for much of the staff over the last year.

She started to cry, and she said the next thing she knew, Wynn had flopped onto her lap and rolled over, as if knowing that was exactly what the nurse needed.

Wynn also became a treasured source of comfort for paramedics, police officers and other staff throughout the facility.

Despite being heartbroken about Wynn's departure, Ryan and her staff are grateful for their time with Wynn.

"I'm realizing how special it was to have Wynn around," nurse Raina Shah said.

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