The Josh and Friends Project
For centuries dogs have been woven into the heart of humankind. From celebrated rescues, to wartime heroism, to canine ventures into space, to countless stories of companionship, the powerful connection between dogs and people has become the stuff of legend. It’s no wonder then that increasingly, medical studies have proven the undisputed healing power of the human-animal bond.
Around the world, cuddly canines known as “therapy dogs” visit hospitals helping to replace a patient’s anxiety and fear with wet kisses and unconditional love. Josh, the loving, wag-happy vanilla-colored Golden Retriever based out of Knoxville, Tennessee is one of those amazing canines that daily brings comfort to hundreds of hospitalized children.
As an extension of that mission, The Josh and Friends Project is emerging to national attention with the ability to impact the lives of even more children. With two separate programs, the medical Josh program benefits children going into the hospital while the GI Josh program benefits children of our deployed military families. Both encourage and provide comfort to children during very difficult and trying times of their lives.
Josh and Friends has partnered with several prestigious groups and organizations to make this nationwide outreach successful.