There’s nothing like puppy love to take the ruff out of Valentine’s Day!
Children and elderly patients at two Southern California hospitals were treated to some puppy love on Valentine’s Day.
The pup’s delivered custom-made Valentine’s Day cards to the patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in Westwood and UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.
“I’m sure that all these kids here on this floor aren’t smiling about too many things, with whatever procedures they’ve had, but with bringing the dogs in like this, it’s kind of brought a smile to their face, and in turn it brings smiles to parents’ face,” Chris Sanders 4 Southern California. His son has undergone brain surgery and suffers from epilepsy.
“You know, sitting here with your child can be a little heartbreaking, seeing whatever it is that they’ve been going through,” Sanders said. “But every little smile counts.”
The therapy dogs are from UCLA’s People-Animal Connection. Since 1994, they have visited more than 100,000 patients in hospital.
A Labrador Retriever named Bubbles, visited a 17-year-old boy with kidney failure, said Kim Irwin, UCLA Health Sciences spokeswoman.
The teenager was so happy to see the Labrador. He said that this year he had a Valentine!
A visit from a therapy dog reminds patients about life outside of a hospita l.
“What’s more normal than a dog?” Irwin said.
This is PAC’s third annual Valentine’s Day celebration.
Article source: 4 Southern California