Wet kisses and wagging tails greeted patients at UNM Children's Hospital on Friday, March 19, 2004. The Pet Parade, an annual event, featured dogs and their trainers from Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers.

The dogs, ranging from small Shih-Tzus to Boxers and Rottweilers were eager to share their love with the patients. The trained pet therapy dogs visited with smiling children, families, doctors and nurses.

"The pets are very highly trained and know how to interact in a special way with each individual," said Steve McKernan, CEO of UNM Hospital. "It's great to see the pets show up with their hospital badges and trainers and head right off into the units."

The pet parade was the final day of Child Life Week, an annual event aimed at spreading joy to patients and their families. Child Life, a safe room and play area for patients and family, connects to Pete's Playground, an outdoor safe area. Child Life provides children a safe area within the hospital where there are no doctors, nurses or medical procedures.

 


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322