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Therapy dogs make special Halloween visit to Sacred Heart patients

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Halloween is a time for kids to go out and trick or treat, but what if they can’t? Staff and volunteers at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital brought the holiday to them.

A group of four-legged volunteers wagged their way through the hallways and patient’s rooms to give them a little therapy.

Susan Owens and her bulldog, Pearl, or wonder woman, have been pet partners with the hospital for a few years. Today, Pearl helped soothe Sarah Beck and her son, Santiago.

“I’m a nervous wreck right now just being here for the first time,” Beck says.

But for Beck to see Santiago playing with Pearl and the other therapy dogs.

“I think it makes it a little easier on him because he doesn’t know what’s going on,” she says.

Pet therapy’s been shown to help improve kids’ moods and encourage them to play. It’s something Owens is happy to be a part of.

“Just to make this day more special,” she says.  “To be here and giving them something else to focus on besides what else they have going on in their lives.”

So on Tuesday, kids could just be kids and enjoy their Halloween.

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