She couldn't lean forward, rub the pup's ears and coo like most people do when they meet Tiki.
But it seemed Charlotte Hacker's spirits were momentarily lifted by the sight of the smiling yellow Labrador retriever.
Stein Hospice hosts New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz for a presentation and book signing
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept. 22 (6 p.m. for pet fair)
WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre
COST: $3 for adults, free for children under 12
Tickets are available at the Sandusky State Theatre, Stein Hospice, the humane societies in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties, Borders bookstore and steinhospice.com.