'I don't know what the future is bringing, but we're hoping to be a part of it'
EUGENE, Ore - PeaceHealth's Ronald McDonald house is currently being built, creating a house that families can stay at when their loved ones are in the hospital.
However, while the construction crews have moved in, someone else moved out, and people are starting to ask where Blondie is?
At 21-years-old, Blondie the horse has seen it all. She's been here longer than PeaceHealth Riverbend has been around, and she even watched it get built.
For 10 years, Blondie's gentle tone has been an oasis for staff and patients at Riverbend, especially those in pediatrics.
"It's always fun for them to search for her," said Casey Rose, with pediatrics. "It gives them something to take their mind off of other than shots and what they're here for."
Peacehealth used to allow Blondie to graze on their lot, but now the Ronald McDonald house will use up most of that space, so she's not visible, which leaves a lot of people asking, where's Blondie?
"I don't know what the future is bringing, but we're hoping to be a part of it," said Blondie's owner, Julie Beckett.
Beckett says the construction will take some getting used to, but most of all, Blondie misses the attention from people especially the apples and carrots that staff members would sneak her.
"Sometimes I think she forgets she's a horse," said Beckett. "She lives to see the people come visit here."
Right now, Peacehealth is trying to figure out if they can give Blondie a place to graze near the Heartfelt House, but while there's no concrete plan, everyone is in agreement that Blondie should continue providing joy to those around her.
Blondie is getting lonely since she isn't visible to guests anymore. Her owner says she would be happy if patients or staff would come by the pasture to say hi, and make sure to bring apples or carrots.