Therapy Dogs Hard at Work at Cook Children's Medical Center

By Julie Fine
|  Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 1:03 PM CDT
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Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth welcomes two new therapy dogs, Ralph Lauren and his sister, Chanel.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth welcomes two new therapy dogs, Ralph Lauren and his sister, Chanel.

Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth welcomes two new employees — therapy dogs that are making kids smile.

Ralph Lauren, a Golden Retriever, has been on the job for three days spreading joy to children at the hospital. The dog earned his name during training.

“His role here at Cook Children’s is to be a therapy animal," said Child Life Specialist Kizzy Marco. "To bring comfort. To bring joy. To bring smiles. To bring something soft and cuddly to our patients who really need it."

Ralph Lauren is new to the medical center, but the dog is making quite an impression.

Nick Scott is battling leukemia. He said having Ralph Lauren at the hospital is helping him.

“He makes you feel. He doesn’t make you think about everything, like, what you have been through, stuff like that,” said Scott.

He has been training for almost his entire two years to help kids, and his sister Chanel is hard on the job at the hospital, too.

Ralph Lauren is with his Marco 24 hours a day. But when Ralph Lauren knows when it is time to work.

“When he has his vest on he knows we are going to work, and he takes his work seriously,” said Marco. “Within two days we have seen this hospital community light up with these two dogs.”

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