Barney and Company are fluffy golden retrievers. Their jobs are to cheer up the kids at Children’s National Hospital by visit their rooms for cuddle, hand-paw shakes. Although the hospital had to suspend the volunteer program, the two full-time staffs keep working five days a week.
Every working shift, they put on the bandannas and vests in blue and red. The presence of Barney and Company helps reducing stress and nervous on kids.
The president of program, Allison Proctor, said: “Our whole mission is to make things more comfortable and less scary for the kids. We take a medical goal — getting out of bed or motivating a child to walk — and use the dogs to achieve it.”
On an afternoon, Proctor takes Barney to the lift. Barney presses the require button by himself (by his nose, of course!). They come to visit Brianna Frampton, 9 years old. Barney jumps in her bed and put his head on her feet, let her play with his head. After that, he visits Rachel Resnick. Rachel gives him her toy before sitting inside her arms. They take a photo together.
Every day passes by, with name tags include name, photo, job tittle (“Facility Dog”), the dogs goodbye to kids who leave and welcome the ones who come. Barney and Company’s magical cure is one of the most valuable things on kids’ treatment.