Today is National Dog Day, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite four-pawed service providers. Through the Dogs for Joy program, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted 15 full-time pediatric service dogs to over a dozen children’s hospitals across the country. These highly specialized dogs are full-time in-residence service providers, who help ease anxiety and reduce stress for young patients and their families.
This month, three hospitals across the country are receiving their Dogs for Joy service dogs. Below, we’ve profiled these new tail-wagging hospital staff members!
Meet Bob, a two-year-old Golden Doodle joining the ranks at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Bob is from Canine Assistants. His favorite toys are the new Dunkin’ + BARK MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats dog toy and his stuffed bumble bee toy. His favorite activities are playing catch and receiving belly rubs. Bob’s best quality is that he brings joy to every person he meets, just by walking into a room.
Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service pediatric hospital of Tufts Medical Center, an internationally respected academic medical center. A major academic medical institution with innovative programs in clinical care, research, education and health care delivery, Floating Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in every area of pediatric specialization for infants through adolescence. To learn more, visit floatinghospital.org/.
Litta, short for Melitta, is the newest service dog to join The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine’s staff. She is a two-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever from Canine Assistants. Litta, who also goes by Litta Love or Litta Lu, loves to cuddle with patients, family members, and staff. Her favorite toy is a pink stuffed dinosaur, and her best quality is being brave.
At The Children’s Hospital, pediatric staff blends years of training with education, research, and technology to improve the lives of children throughout the region. Children’s is home to the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room in Oklahoma City. From advanced surgical services to general pediatrics, oncology care, and more, The Children’s Hospital provides cutting-edge research and treatments through hospital-based and outpatient services. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com/childrens.
Dilly has joined the staff of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD). He is a two-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever who loves snuggling. His favorite toys are his stuffed puppy and treat puzzle. He is a goofball who loves to munch on the hospital ice chips. Dilly’s best quality is his patience.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.
Each of these amazing dogs are trained to do incredible tasks, like keep kids calm during medical procedures, teach kids how to take a pill, or model how to put on a hospital gown. They can help lower anxiety and stress for pediatric patients and encourage them to complete their health care goals.
To learn more about the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation Dogs for Joy program, visit https://www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org/dogsforjoy/.
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