Beloved canine moves on after helping hospital staff through a year of the pandemic

(CNN) — Staff members at a Denver hospital have said a sad goodbye to Wynn, their canine companion for nearly two years and a presence during the Covid-19 pandemic that proved especially helpful.

Wynn, a Labrador mix that’s going to become a service dog, walked out of the Rose Medical Center for the last time on February 10. Wynn had been accompanying Dr. Susan Ryan, a volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence, to her job in the emergency department.

“When Covid first happened, there was a palpable fear in the department,” Ryan said. “I don’t think any of us really knew what we were about to face.”

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