Paws for Hope: Dogs Cheer up Kids at Children’s Medical Center

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DALLAS -- It was a furry good time Thursday at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. A dozen four-legged friends checked in as part of the Paws for Hope Pet-Assisted Therapy Program.

The program helps kids heal by taking their minds off being stuck in a hospital.

Timothy Rolling says it really helped his daughter Ciearra.

“She ran through a glass door and the glass lodged in her side about two inches away from her heart," Rolling explained. "After what we been through, this here is love.”

And a dose of doggie love was just what one of the dogs named Blair was there to deliver.

"She hangs out with them, builds relationships, helps make the hospital environment feel less scary, helps them when they miss their dogs at home and she's just an overall really good friend," Blair's handler Helen Sterrett explained,

The kids got an impromptu photo shoot with their new buddies, but the real canines weren't the only thing that brought a smile. The stuffed variety was also a big hit.

Free toys, new friends and even a chocolate fountain. Who knew the hospital could be so dog-gone fun?