Therapy dogs are being used in many hospitals that care for children with cancer.
This is just one story of how effective a cancer therapy dog can be in the lives of children. In the video, you will meet Swoosh. Swoosh is a cancer therapy dog at a pediatric hospital at Vanderbilt University. It is a program sponsored by American Humane. They launched the program 6 years ago in five major US pediatric hospitals.
This is a story about Swoosh. He is 10 years old and has been visiting and helping children with cancer for six years. The study is designed to track a child’s behavior during cancer treatment. You see far too often children with cancer have a very difficult time adapting and remaining positive during treatments. And who can blame them? To have to endure the pain, illness, and sickness that cancer and it’s treatment produce takes a hard toll on everyone.
But since introducing children who are engaged in cancer treatment with therapy dogs like Swoosh, there has been a measurable improvement in patients.
And apparently the therapy that dogs like Swoosh brings is not just for the patient, but it has had an effect on family members also. In the video, you will hear the full story of how Swoosh engages with the children and the amazing effects he has on them. My favorite line from the whole video is when the reporter asks a young boy if others could use ‘Swoosh’s’ in their treatment. And he soundly responds yes, “It just wouldn’t make them scared anymore”.
I am so thankful for innovative thinking that introduced this program to children. Let me know what you think. You can Comment, Like or Share below.