PORTLAND - Keeping track of the days of the new year can be fun for dog lovers.
A Portland-area hospital is out with a new calendar featuring a month by month salute to its four legged physicians.
It s absolute love and therapy, said volunteer Marcy Lowy of what her dog Willie provides at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
Six days a week, you ll find some of the nine dogs in the program greeting visitors or comforting patients.
There are times when they want Willie to jump right up on the bed and then they just melt, remarked volunteer Richard Lowy.
A physician at St. Vincent suggested the volunteers do something to honor the work of these powerful pets.
When he said we should do something, a volunteer suggested a calendar and I thought we have some good subjects, explained project organizer Pat Buckieda.
The 12 months feature the animals in a variety of costumes from a Duck fan, to an Easter Bunny to a dog ready to hit the slopes of Mount Hood.
The toughest one was the cover shot with all the animals sitting around a board room table, remembered Buckieda.
Three hundred of the $9 calendars sold quickly in the St. Vincent gift shop but more were ordered.
Proceeds will go to programs in the Providence Foundation and the volunteers are pleased the work of their pets is getting noticed.
It s a win-win, concluded Buckieda as her golden retriever Monty looked on in approval.