Dog delivers groceries to neighbor with COPD during coronavirus pandemic

Dog delivers groceries to neighbor with COPD during coronavirus pandemic

While everyone has been instructed to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, seniors and those with underlying health conditions have been advised to take extra precaution.

But that extra precaution often comes at a cost. If you must play it safe how do you obtain essentials like groceries or medicine?

Luckily for Renee Hellman, her neighbor’s dog Sundance is willing to lend a paw.


Hellman, a resident of Manitou Springs, Colorado, has COPD and other health conditions which means it’s best for her to stay inside and avoid others as much as possible during the coronavirus outbreak.

This makes going to the store extremely difficult.

Knowing her situation, Hellman’s neighbor, Karen Evelth thought of a solution. She began to train her dog, Sundance also known as Sunny, to run over to Hellman’s home, retrieve a grocery list, and then return with a bag of groceries.

“He’s a hero for sure,” Evelth told KRDO.


They took it slow at first to see if Sunny would play along, but it quickly became evident that he didn’t mind helping at all. Plus, the very good boy received treats for helping out his neighbor.

He does get his treats, he’s motivated by those for sure. 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,” Evelth said. “I’m pretty proud.”

Sunny has been bringing Hellman’s grocery list to Evelth and returning with her groceries for several weeks now and Evelth said he will continue for as long as necessary.

“We have to have something fun in our lives, and this is definitely fun,” Hellman said.

What a smart idea! Share this on Facebook to tell Sunny he’s a very good boy!