Watching This Therapy Dog Climb Into Bed After A Hard Day’s Work Will Literally Melt Your Heart

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Alfie works hard as a therapist at Manchester Children’s Hospital, comforting ill kids in their time of need. So when he gets home at night, he has to make sure that he’s properly pampered. Oh — did I mention Alfie is a pug?

Alfie is a therapy dog, and his owner, Suzy Emsden, is a doctor in children’s intensive care. Suzy helps 3-year-old Alfie unwind after his shifts at the hospital.

“Alfie goes to the hospital about once every 10 days, and afterward, he is exhausted. He usually sleeps all the way home in the car,” Suzy says.

When he gets home, Alfie has a nice relaxing bath, followed by a cozy drying session in his dressing gown. After that, he puts on some pajamas – one of his approximately eight pairs.

Then Alfie gets ready for bedtime.

“Alfie’s bedtime that he sets for himself is about 8 o’clock,” Suzy says. “It doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing, he puts himself up to sleep.”

No, really. Every night at 8 p.m. on the dot, Alfie climbs into his bunk bed and curls up to go to sleep.

There’s no doubt about it: This pug is living a more luxurious life than many people! And in return, he improves the lives of countless sick children. As a therapy dog, Alfie helps kids forget about being in the hospital and gives them a dose of unbelievable cuteness.

“Most the time he is just there for cuddles, to play and to take their minds off what they have been going through,” Suzy says.

The pug and his ridiculously cute routines have become quite popular on social media, where Alfie now has 95,000 followers.

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