For the past two years, Shep and his owner, Bill White, visited cancer patients who may need a pick-me-up.
Retirement goals usually include cashing in 401k accounts, moving to the beach or taking a trip. Unless you’re a dog. Shep is more likely to be hanging out with his owner & taking some serious naps now that he’s retired. Read more at https://t.co/4iKRI39ZkW. pic.twitter.com/Ug1osUziNK— UNC Lineberger (@UNC_Lineberger) April 3, 2019
Shep and White are part of the UNC PAWS (Peer Assisted Wellness Support) program that uses non-traditional interventions to reach cancer patients in need of some cheer during tough times.
"I really do think he understands what he's doing. I think he gets it. These dogs are so smart," White said. "I can say 'Shep, it's time to go to work,' and I think he really knows what we're getting ready to do."
White said that Shep is showing his age, so the time was right for him to hang up his leash and spend some time just being a dog.
White will continue to volunteer and has another dog that could step in now that Shep's retired.
Shep made his final rounds Wednesday.