When Cincinnati Children's created a pet therapy program in 1993, we were one of the first children's hospitals to offer pet therapy to patients. Research has shown that interaction with dogs offers substantial medical and emotional benefits to sick children. Watch Darby, one of our pet therapy dogs, visit with a patient, Andrew.
Owen Howkins and Haatchi both know what it means to be dealt a tough hand. Owen was born with a rare genetic disease called Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome which means his muscles are always tensed. Haatchi, a beautiful Anatolian Shepherd was just ten months old when a barbaric human tied him to a railroad track and left him to die.