Freedom The Therapy Dog Joins Joe DIMaggio Children’s Hospital

♪ Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay ♪ ♪ Bow wow yippie yo yippie yay ♪ ♪ Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay ♪ ♪ Bow wow yippie yo yippie yay ♪ – Oh my gosh, we are so excited. We have added a new member to our team and to our Joe DiMaggio family. His name is Freedom, and he’s gonna be our new
therapy dog along with Nutmeg, so we’ll actually have
two dogs that are able to help support our patients and families, and we are so excited. And the kids are here, and
everyone’s welcoming him. The other therapy dogs
from the other hospitals are here, and we are having a blast. – So it’s really awesome to be able to see the patients react to the
dogs because sometimes when they’re in the hospital,
there are some things that we might not be able
to do that the dogs have the power to be able to
engage with the patients, and help them really get
through their hospitalization. With the experience that
we’ve had with Nutmeg and as a handler, we’ve seen
the benefit of pet therapy for the patients to help
them cope with being in the hospital, and to help
normalize the environment. Especially if they have
dogs at home, they’re able to be here to have the
comfort of the animals that we have here at the hospital. – It totally changes the
whole entire environment for the families, for the staff. We all know, anybody that
has a dog knows that it helps with reducing your blood
pressure, just helps you relax. And so, it works for our
kids and families, too. So, we love it. We’re so excited that
Freedom is here with Nutmeg. ♪ Yippie yay ♪ ♪ Bow wow yippie yo yippie yay ♪ ♪ Untied dog ♪

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