Being in the hospital can make you feel all sorts of things. Especially for kids who are getting treated in hospitals over long periods of time. Luckily, patients at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, have new two friends who can help them feel warm and safe.

All thanks to the hospital’s service dogs, Agnes the Golden Retriever and Baskin the Goldendoodle, pediatric patients can now feel less anxious from being inside the hospital all the time. These cute canines work full-time and give out lots of hugs and kisses to sick children looking for comfort.

This was all possible because of the efforts of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. They have initiated the Dogs For Joy program to provide service dogs like Agnes and Baskin in different children’s hospitals all around the country.

The arrival of Agnes and Baskin has given a boost in the mood of the patients and employees of Shaw Jenkins Children’s Hospital. They have been trained how to help worried families to be at ease, hug nervous patients, and even show how medical procedures are done to patients. Now that’s less scary, right?

Even the staff at the children’s hospital could also get overwhelmed with the stress that comes along with their line of work and could need some furry hugs from Agnes and Baskin. These doggies also help with demonstrating to kids how to take their medicine and how to wear their medical gowns.

We all know how gloomy a hospital’s environment can be. But with Agnes and Baskin wagging their tails, it can surely lighten up the mood for everybody there. Being able to play with these friendly service dogs, children can forget that they are patients, even just for a short moment.

The Dogs For Joy program wants to show the world that through these efforts, we can help make healing a more peaceful experience. Spreading positivity among children and families, the project has successfully provided 15 service dogs in different pediatric hospitals nationwide.

Photo Credits to Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation


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