The Children’s Hospital of Georgia introduces new therapy dog

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The Children’s Hospital of Georgia showed off its new four legged friend who will spread some puppy love to it’s patients.

Casey is the newest employee at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

She is a two year old golden retriever.

She serves as the second therapy dog for the hospital following the paw prints of nugget.

“Having them here is really great because they make us feel better,” said Maya Jeffries. 

Jeffries spends almost two weeks each month at CHOG for her son’s chemo sessions and she says she’s glad Casey will soon become a familiar face.
Jeffries says “Seeing them in the hallway because you get excited just seeing them. It’s not a place you’d expect a dog to be.”

Thanks to the radiothon held last December, the hospital could afford to employ casey and her handler Macie Meeks who shares the importance of having a therapy dog.

Meeks says, “So for some kids it’s just that little comfort but we can also use these dogs just to help with the overall coping with the hospital like medical procedures and all the scary stuff.” 

She says Casey has made improvements over the week as she gets more comfortable with all the new found fame.

Those at the hospital agree that there are too many patients for just one dog and that Casey is a great addition spreading more love and joy for those in their time of need. 

“It’s so exciting to watch these kids come in and their face lights up and they want to pet Casey and they want to love on her.”

Both Casey and Nugget will clock in to work putting their best paw forward.

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