With the Christmas season came, it did not the same for everyone in this world to have gathering with their loved ones families, friends and other relatives. Some people have to far away from their families due to many reasons. Some people have to spend hospital during the Christmas season due their illness. Therefore, they don’t have chance to celebrate Christmas as they need. However, there were lot of people who had to spend these season far away from their loved ones.
This article is about some children who had to spend their Christmas season at the hospital. Children in the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston’s Medical Center were got surprised by amazing guests. These guests were dogs named Elsa, Pinto, Pluto and Bailey. These dogs with their handlers who were wearing same Christmas pajamas brought happiness and joy to neurology and transplant patients before the big holidays. This was a good opportunity to create a calm environment for children at expressing their emotions. Various activities with dogs were big help to create emotional wellbeing of the patients.
A few days before Christmas, Texas Children’s Hospital decided to extend a holiday holiday to their patients.
These dogs are known as ambassadors for the Texas Children’s Pawsitive Play Program. This program was designed to enhance the emotional well-being of patients and families in the hospital. This animal assisted therapy dogs provided support to those who are having trouble with hospital stay with new diagnosis or medical procedures. The dogs are working full time with the hospital’s child life specialists to coordinate emotional support and therapeutic intervention across the hospital. They are actually trained for this for their entire lives.
According to the Bored Panda, Elsa was the first service dog since 2016. Then Bailey and Pinto were added. There are lots of growing activities in this program in order to that have positive impacts on emotional well-being of patients and families.
Their arrival brought great joy to the patients with neurological disorders and their families
These dogs are part of the Texas Children’s Pawsitive Play program, “designed to improve the emotional well-being of patients.”