Dog Therapy

Published on October 26, 2016
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After a whirlwind romance in the hallways of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, therapy dogs Luke and Blondie took a big step this week – coordinating their Halloween costumes to dress up as bride and groom! Chloe Dollar, a 13-year-old CHLA patient, dog-lover and Blondie-... Read More
Published on October 6, 2016
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The Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program has more than 100 fur volunteers who have all left their adorable paw prints on the hearts of our patients and staff. However, we want to honor a special guy who has dedicated 10 years of his life to making people smile—Oscar... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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Dog therapy happens all day and into the evening at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as the four-legged volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program do their rounds right up until visiting hours end at 9PM. One frequent night-visitor is therapy dog Luna, a... Read More
Published on March 24, 2015
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A love for animals and a fighting spirit help Natalia, 5, cope with cancer.                              Last Halloween, a photo of twin superheroes—a young girl in a metallic pink Supergirl costume... Read More
Published on March 24, 2015
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles might have its very own illustrated superhero, thanks to 16-year-old patient Victoria Kane.A triple threatTory, as she likes to be called, has been in and out of CHLA since she arrived at the hospital at age 7 as a retinoblastoma survivor for... Read More
Published on March 12, 2015
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Dog therapy visits provide comfort and distraction to patients of all ages, but for teens and young adults, sometimes the dog’s most important role is simple companionship. William, a patient of CHLA, was frustrated and lonely during an early hospital visit. He... Read More
Published on January 9, 2015
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Maybe you’ve seen Bonner, the big black Newfoundland dog with the soulful eyes, around Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  At 190 pounds, he’s hard to miss!  The biggest therapy dog in the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program, Bonner specializes in helping the... Read More
Published on December 5, 2014
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Through the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program, each year we get more than 60 volunteers to bring in their trained and registered therapy dogs. They have become a unique group of volunteers that warms the hearts of CHLA's patients and families. These dog... Read More
Published on October 27, 2014
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It's no surprise that people love dogs. They offer a calming and relaxing experience, which is why the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program has made such a big impact on our patients. Therapy dog, Harriet, and owner, Jenna, share with us just how far that impact can go.... Read More
Published on October 6, 2014
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Therapy dog Mason and his owner, Julie Lee, started volunteering at CHLA in 2008 and have logged many memorable visits in the years since. We asked her to share how her journey with Mason led her to volunteering here. How did you get started in therapy dog work? I... Read More
Published on September 30, 2014
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Our registered therapy dogs of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program have serviced CHLA patients with great pride. The 60 four-legged volunteers often bring a heartwarming and uplifting experience to many of our families and patients. A recent visit from one of these... Read More
Published on July 21, 2014
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Wearing their purple bandanas and their identification badges, our therapy dogs are very busy visiting with our patients on a daily basis. These dog volunteers are a part the CHLA family and we’re proud of our dog volunteers because their services to the families and patients... Read More
Published on July 3, 2014
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A very special, furry group of volunteers at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles have been touching the lives of our patients and their families.These dogs and their owners are a part of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at CHLA, which started in 2001. Furry... Read More
Published on June 19, 2014
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A group of unique volunteers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have been warming the hearts of patients and families. These volunteers are part of a special program called the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program, which started at CHLA in 2001. Now, as the hospital... Read More
Published on May 1, 2014
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Nancy Weiss and her adorable Japanese Chin Mix, Anna, marked their 10-year anniversary as volunteers in the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Since they started volunteering in December 2003, Nancy and Anna have consistently... Read More
Published on February 17, 2014
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Longtime volunteer Lois Longo recently added a gorgeous new therapy dog to our ranks at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Belle is the third therapy dog Lois has volunteered with at the hospital. Belle and her fellow volunteer dogs do a lot of good for patients and families... Read More
Published on January 22, 2014
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Our dog volunteers visit the hospital on a daily basis. They wear a purple bandana and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ID badge. We’re proud of our dog volunteers because they do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the hospital. They help... Read More
Published on December 13, 2013
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If you’ve ever walked by or visited the hospital, you may notice some of our furry friends—dog volunteers. They wear a purple bandana and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ID badge. Dog volunteers do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the... Read More
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Soon after becoming a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 11-year-old Connor and his mom discovered something wonderful and unexpected—the hospital hosts a steady stream of therapy dogs! Connor with therapy dog, Rocky.   In 20 stays over the past eight... Read More