In Southwest Florida, There Is a World War II Veteran living in a healthcare facility. His name is Joe Pendrak and he has a lifetime of experiences to share. He also has a special friend, his beloved dog, but it was a month since the last time he had seen him.
It is not out of the ordinary for people in Southwest Florida to experience separation during these difficult times. They can be separated from those that they love the most, including man’s best friend.
The retired World War II aviator, who just so happens to be 100 years old, managed to get back with his beloved dog, Brandy. The dog was brought to him inside of the Solaris Healthcare Charlotte Harbor.
Jaclyn Harvell had adopted the poodle with her husband a few months ago after Pendrak needed care full time. She said: “I’m so happy that we got a chance to bring him over to see Joe because I know Joe misses him tremendously.”
“This is an amazing person. He is a war hero. We are proud to be taking care of his dog for him,” Harvell said.
This is a type of reunion that makes people forget about the difficult times. Being with the dog means so much to him because nobody wants to be separated from physical contact with those that they love.
We are doubly thankful because Gov. Ron DeSantis extended the ban on visitors to nursing homes earlier this month. It is now set to exist through September 5. Looks like the visit was right on time.
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