Owing to the Dunkin’s Joy in Childhood Foundation’s program, a dog duo gets their full-time work at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.
Yes, Agnes and Baskin are now at your service.
Not long ago, the two service dogs began their jobs at South Carolina’s MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Baskin is a charming twelve-month-old Golden Retriever, and Agnes is a lovable two-year-old Golden Poodle. Both of them are members of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Dogs for Joy program.
The said program trains and places more canine for full-time positions as service dogs in hospitals for children. This is just one of the many efforts of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. They aim to enhance children’s lives disturbed by illness and hunger.
As part of the program, the dog duo trained particularly for skills that support and encourage children in the hospitals. Baskin and Agnes learned the ways to calm a child down when receiving medical procedures. They can also remind kids of their medicines and even show them their hospital gowns.
Working at the hospital, Baskin and Agnes will apply their acquired skills to real-life scenarios.
During their first week, they were able to provide the immense comfort needed by patients. Their families and even the hospital’s staff experienced it as well. Because of the dog duo, the anxiety and stress levels have been reduced within the hospital.
According to Kari McHugh, the foundation’s Executive Director, the service dogs serve a vital role in a child’s medication. More than bringing happiness, they will care and comfort many young patients fighting against their illnesses.
The foundation is always striving to develop ways so kids could experience their childhood years, despite their sickness. With this, they believe that nothing is more joyful than having a supportive fur buddy.
Source: Images from Dunkin’ Joy In Childhood Foundation via Facebook.