Coronavirus US: Golden retriever delivers groceries to quarantined neighbor with health problems

Lending a helping PAW! Sundance the golden retriever delivers groceries to a neighbor with health problems who is self-quarantined at home amid the coronavirus pandemic

A seven-year-old golden retriever is delivering groceries to a self-quarantined neighbor in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Karen Evelth from Manitou Springs, Colorado, has enlisted her dog Sundance — nicknamed Sunny — to help her pick up and drop off their neighbor Renee Hellman’s grocery order as safely as possible. 

Contracting the coronavirus could be deadly for Hellman, who is over 65 and suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Good Morning America reported. 

Woman's best friend! Renee Hellman from Manitou Springs, Colorado, has been getting her groceries delivered by her neighbor's dog Sundance amid the coronavirus pandemic

Woman’s best friend! Renee Hellman from Manitou Springs, Colorado, has been getting her groceries delivered by her neighbor’s dog Sundance amid the coronavirus pandemic 

Local hero: Sundance, who goes by Sunny for short, was trained by his owner Karen Evelth to pick up Hellman's grocery list and carry the shopping bags in her mouth

Local hero: Sundance, who goes by Sunny for short, was trained by his owner Karen Evelth to pick up Hellman’s grocery list and carry the shopping bags in her mouth 

Hellman’s age and underlying medical condition both put her at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

‘I told her, “I don’t want you going anywhere,”‘ Evelth explained to GMA. ‘When I get groceries, I’ll get yours too.’

Every day, Evelth has Sunny run across the yard to Hellman’s home to pick up her grocery list and bring it back to her. 

After she picks up the items, Sunny carries the bags in her mouth and delivers them to Hellman. 

‘She is so happy and grateful to see him every day at her porch,’ Evelth said. ‘Smiling ear to ear every time.’

Teamwork: Hellman, who is over 65 and suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Sunny picks up her grocery list every morning

Teamwork: Hellman, who is over 65 and suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Sunny picks up her grocery list every morning

Helping paw: Sunny brings Hellman's list to Evelth (pictured), and after she picks up the items at the grocery store, the doting dog delivers them to their neighbor

Helping paw: Sunny brings Hellman’s list to Evelth (pictured), and after she picks up the items at the grocery store, the doting dog delivers them to their neighbor 

The doting neighbor explained that Sunny has learned to pick up her purse and shoes for her because she has issues with her feet and back. 

She proudly noted it only took her dog one day to get the hang of their new grocery routine with Hellman.   

Their system has been working for weeks, and Evelth said they will continue to help Hellman out until she feels safe enough to go grocery shopping on her own again. 

‘He does get his treats, he’s motivated by those for sure,’ Evelth told KRDO. But 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. That’s exactly what he did. I’m pretty proud.’

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