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Beloved therapy dog retiring from St. Boniface Hospital after near decade of service

Rusty the dog.
Rusty the dog. St. Boniface Hospital Foundation / Twitter

A popular employee at Winnipeg’s St. Boniface Hospital is set to em’bark’ on a well-deserved retirement.

The hospital has announced that Rusty – the instantly-recognizable, glasses-wearing therapy dog – is retiring from service.

Rusty, along with owner George Ames, clocked more than 2,000 volunteer hours at the hospital over the past nine years.

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The bespectacled dog, who is already immortalized in a portrait on hospital walls, is a canine celebrity among hospital staff, visitors and other local organizations – many of whom took to social media to send their best wishes.

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Rusty’s fans can stop by the hospital’s Everett Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to write on his “best wishes board” and send him on his way.

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