Stormy and her newborn puppy appeared on the highway that runs in front of the nursing home during a terrible thunderstorm (hence the name Stormy). They had been abandoned by their previous owners but thankfully were rescued by director of nurses, Tracy Coleman.
A staff member adopted Stormy’s puppy and Stormy came to live as a permanent resident at Upshur Manor. When she arrived, she was quickly adopted by resident Roy Murray. She slept at the end of his bed and followed him everywhere. When Mr. Murray passed away, she was re-adopted by resident Don Bolton.
Stormy has a wonderful disposition and is often found sitting by the front door of Upshur Manor, greeting family members and guests as they arrive. She loves being petted and adores the attention she receives from residents, staff and family members. No many dogs can say that they are loved by well over 200 people. Stormy is one of those dogs that has truly never met a stranger.
New residents and their family members are thrilled to learn that Upshur Manor has a facility dog. Many new residents have had dogs in the past, some giving up their pet when they admitted to the facility. For these residents, Stormy helps to ease the transition into the nursing home.
It’s a joy to see Stormy ambling the halls of Upshur Manor. She enjoys visiting with the residents in their rooms, especially if she thinks a treat or morsel of food might be offered. And, like all pets, she sometimes gets scolded by her master, Don Bolton. “She knows she’s not supposed to go into the dining room but sometimes she just can’t seem to resist the aromas,” stated Mr. Bolton.
“She’s been spoiled by everyone and is now on a special diet to help her lose some of the weight she’s gained from frequent treats. It’s hard to resist her when she looks up at you with those sweet eyes,” added Bolton.
Upshur Manor Administrator, Shari Richey, states, “Upshur Manor is blessed to have Stormy as a member of the team. She’s a sweet dog with a great disposition. Stormy brings great joy to our residents, staff, family members and guests. Petting an animal can help to ease anxiety. You can’t pet Stormy without a smile on your face. She’s just a special dog who is loved by so many.”