By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
In the six years since 8-year-old Clyde became a certified therapy dog, he’s comforted more than 10,000 patients, families and staff in Los Angeles and Central Oregon.
The 122-pound Newfoundland rescue visits St. Charles Hospital in Bend with owner Michael Eisenberg on Fridays and Saturday’s when they’re in town.
Clyde takes his job very seriously.
“He loves to meet new people and he loves to see people smile,” said Eisenberg. “Clyde’s overall job is to make people happy. He is just a stress magnet.”
This week, Clyde made the local jump from local, to national celebrity when a friend entered Clyde in the American Rescue Dog Show on the Hallmark Channel. Clyde competed in the ‘Belly Rub’ competition.
Following his appearance there, Clyde was invited on to the Kelly Clarkson Show to put on a demo with three other dogs.
“I thought he was the best dog there,” said Eisenberg.
Though it was quite the busy trip for Clyde, he isn’t letting fame get to his head. He dutifully returned to work at St. Charles Friday.
Eisenberg says Clyde’s not just making patients’ day, he’s also changed Eisenberg’s life for the better.
“It’s the most rewarding and satisfying thing I’ve ever done,” said Eisenberg. “I wouldn’t give this up for anything.”