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MLH nurse’s bulldog wins photo contest

HASTINGS — Hastings nurse Becky Crouse always knew her bulldog, Dozer, was exceptional. Now, Dozer is getting national recognition among perianesthesia nurses for his caring nature.

Crouse, who works in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at MLH, said Dozer is a certified therapy dog who has worked with hospice patients, hospital patients, students at Hastings College, Hastings Middle School and Longfellow Elementary School, and with people attending the Alzheimer’s Walk.

“Dozer has an awesome, easygoing way about him,” Crouse said. “He is just very lovable and comforting. I am very proud of him.”

Crouse submitted two photos of Dozer to the 2017 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses contest. Following a long evaluation process, one of them was chosen as a winner. Dozer appeared on the cover of the February edition of The Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.

The chosen photo shows Dozer loving a young tonsillectomy patient prior to surgery.

Journal of PeriAnestheia Nursing