Colorado woman Karen Evelth trained her dog Sundance, also known as Sunny, to deliver groceries to her neighbor, Renee Hellman who has been advised not to leave the house during the coronavirus outbreak.
Hellman has COPD and is particularly vulnerable to the infection, so Evelth taught the dog to fetch Hellman’s grocery list each day.
Later, Sundance delivers the groceries right to Hellman’s doorstep.
“He just did it, it was, all of a sudden, and he was here, and that’s my job so I’m gonna do it — so it was wonderful,” Hellman told local media.
Evelth says that Sundance has been doing grocery runs between the two Manitou Springs homes for a few weeks now, and that they will keep at it as long as they have to.
“Karen is a good neighbor. She looks out for me,” said Hellman. The women have lived next door to one another for over a decade.
The Golden Retriever is not only doing his part to help slow the spread of coronavirus—Sundance brings a bit of levity to the neighbors’ lives as they wait out quarantine.
“We have to have something fun in our lives, and this is definitely fun,” Hellman said.
“Little things like Sunny coming over to visit is nice, and it makes you feel good, and it’s a way of communicating.”
Evelth is proud of her pup. “… he’s really special to me, and I’d be lost without him because he helps me so much, so I wanted him to help other people.”
Sundance’s heroic act shows that we all have the capability to look out for one another, and it matters. “Anybody can do something so small that’s so helpful,” Evelth reminds us.