Loki is a therapy dog for the University of Maryland Medical Center, and he has been helping deliver healing kits to the hospital’s ICU nurses during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The two-year-old Rottweiler was named “Dogtor Loki.” She has been in the hospital three days each week visiting multiple patients and helping his mom, Caroline Benzel.
Benzel is a second-year Medical Student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She had Loki shortly after her grandfather became sick.
“I got accepted into medical school around the same time I got her,” Benzel said. “My grandfather was sick and I lived with him in his hospital room for a month. When he would see this dog, he would light up.”
When the coronavirus happened, Benzel said she and Loki was pulled out.
“I got pulled from school and the front lines,” she said. “I was used to being at the hospital multiple days a week with Loki.”
But it did not stop them from helping. Aside from face-timing with the patients and nurses to brighten up their day, Benzel and Loki also made care packages, which she now calls “hero healing kits.”
The hero healing kits have hand lotion, Gold Bond, chewing gum, chapstick, and tea.
“So far we have raised over 1,400 total kits. We are blown away by the kindness and generosity of people,” Benzel wrote in a Facebook post.