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Brittany and Hamilton share the love

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Brittany Dail pets her dog Hamilton after visiting patients at Vidant Medical Center on March 7, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


Monday, March 19, 2018

Brittany Dail is a 33-year-old paralegal living in Ayden who loves her dog Hamilton, a 6-year-old Great Dane who is deaf and visually impaired. They provide therapy for patients at Vidant Medical Center and other locations.

Q: How did you and Hamilton come to be?

A: I do Great Dane rescue and adopted (Hamilton’s brother) and Hamilton when they were about 6 weeks old.

Q: How did you get started doing therapy with Hamilton?

A: I started doing therapy with Hamilton’s brother in March of 2014 and after a couple of months his vision got worse so I stopped doing therapy with him and started doing it with Hamilton, and I think Hamilton actually enjoys it a little bit more.

Q: What is your experience like bringing Hamilton to the hospital to visit patients?

A: You know, you have bad day and you go see a patient and you stop and think you don’t have problems. My bad day at work means nothing compared to some of the stuff that these patients face with cancer and other illnesses. There’s some patients that just kind of touch you. It has been absolutely the most rewarding thing that I’ve ever done.


People and Their Pets is a new occasional multi-media feature highlighting the special relationship between people and their animal companions. Visit this story on reflector.com to see and hear Brittany and Hamilton during their visit with patients at Vidant Medical Center on March 7. Please email Molly Mathis at mmathis@reflector.com if you would like to be featured or know someone who would.