St. Jude’s Paws at Play program introduces newest employees – Huckleberry & Puggle

Local Health Alert

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The newest hires for St. Jude were revealed Monday and had a “barking” good time with patients.

The children’s research hospital held a town hall to introduce its Paws at Play facility dog program members – a golden doodle named “Huckleberry” and a golden retriever named “Puggle.”

The Paws at Play program helps distract patients from their illness with these trained service dogs.

“They’re really here to help with the kids and the families, to help distract the kids, you know, when they’re not feeling well or are having a tough time, to provide them support during procedures,” said Dr. James Downing, CEO & President of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Huckleberry and Puggle are certified service dogs that went through extensive training. They are official hospital employees who help patients achieve specific goals.

They also wear green service vests and ID badges to work.

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