St. Jude’s Kids Get Support From Four-Legged Furry Friends
I am an animal lover and I'm convinced that my dog knows how I'm feeling at all times. Then I imagine I am a kid and I'm in a strange place fighting for my life because I have cancer. What can help with the worries these St. Jude patients have? It's therapy dogs and they are amazing at their jobs.
The Paws at Play program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital plays a very important part in helping families cope with their child's diagnosis. They are trained as service dogs that distract patients from their symptoms, illness, pain, and anxiety. They are there to motivate and support too with social interaction.
Who Are the Dogs That Help and What Are Their Roles?
Puggle and Huckleberry worked in conjunction with their handlers to help patients cope while receiving treatment and just being in the hospital. These dogs reduced stress and helped through animal-assisted therapy.
Each Dog Has A Different Purpose
Puggle is primarily in the inpatient Solid Tumor and Neuro-Oncology units. Huckleberry works his magic inside the Diagnostic Imaging along with making frequent trips to the H Clinic to be with patients. Just recently, both dogs retired from the St. Jude program and are off to help others in North Carolina and California. But have no fear, there are many more dogs-in-training that are stepping up to help.
One of the newest members of the program is Rosalie.
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