Puppies comforting patients at Children’s Hospital

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Patients at Children’s Hospital and their families had some of the best treatment possible Monday with playful four-legged friends.

Four lab puppies from Support Dogs Incorporated were brought to the Purina Family Pet Center at the hospital to spend time with patients and their loved ones. The dogs were among 10 from a recent litter who were named by the kids in treatment at Children’s Hospital.

The naming rights to the dogs were bought by people at Support Dogs, Inc. and then donated to the hospital. Officials at Children’s Hospital said spending time with the puppies is great for the kids.

“They don’t know it but it’s actually quite therapeutic for them. You know, it’s relieving some stress and worry that they’re probably having right now being in a strange place,” said Rita Scott, a child life assistant at Children’s Hospital.

“It’s just something to get their mind off of everything that’s going on inside the hospital,” said Andrea Sanders, whose five-year-old daughter, Paris, was among the kids playing with the dogs. “It’s something they can do that’s fun; a good activity for them.”

The dogs—named Levi, Sky, Kylie, and Jake—will soon go into two years of training to become service dogs.