Bringing Harmony and happiness to Geer residents

Harmony, a yellow Lab, brings joy to Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center just by being herself. She is now Miss June in a national calendar of canine companions. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

NORTH CANAAN — Harmony. Her name sums up what she brings to Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Simple, unconditional canine affection brings greater dimension to life for residents there.

For the past six years, Jill Simmons, director of recreation at Geer, has brought Harmony to work with her each day. The yellow Lab began working when she was eight weeks old, trained to interact appropriately by visiting each resident every day, as well as with staff and visitors. She is even buddies with the UPS delivery person.

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