WakeMed Rehab dog celebrates birthday

Posted March 22, 2010 3:42 p.m. EDT

— WakeMed’s only four-legged employee, Scully, celebrated his 4th birthday on Monday, hospital officials said.

Scully, a 75 pound Labrador/Golden Retriever-mix, has been working as a facility dog at the WakeMed Rehab Hospital for two years.

A fully-trained service dog, Scully helps people become more independent in therapy as well as at home and in the community. He is part of the nonprofit group Canine Companions for Independence, which provides highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to people with disabilities.

Other dogs from the program and rehab patients and staff attended a birthday party for Scully Monday afternoon. The dogs dined on a peanut butter flavored birthday cake.

Scully lives and works with his handler Licensed/Certified Recreation Therapist Elizabeth Penny.