Niswonger Children’s Hospital | News Article

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pet therapy picnic a big hit at JCMC – and a way to say thanks to the dogs and their handlers!

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The pet therapy dogs who serve Washington County were the guests of honor at a pet therapy “picnic” last week at just outside Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and like always, the dogs were a big hit.

About 10 certified pet therapy dogs attended, ranging from large to small but every one of them with a kind heart and a happy face. The dogs and their handlers, who are part of the Mountain States volunteer and auxiliary resources department, were greeted by various team members who got to pet the dogs, feed them treats and thank the handlers for the therapeutic services they provide. Mountain States chaplains performed a Blessing of the Pets in a short ceremony and recognized the pets and their handlers for the important role they play in helping patients, families and team members.

You'll want to see these photos from the picnic. The dogs obviously loved the attention!