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 are zeroing in on the undisputed healing power dogs can have on hospitalized patients — especially children.
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.
Using the book, I’ll Be O.K. and the cuddly “Josh” plush puppy, The Josh and Friends Project is helping transform anxious hospital stays for children into friendship-filled adventures to wellness. Josh and Friends was formed when two dads, Dr. Randy Lange set out to alleviate stress and provide comfort to children going into the hospital.
Josh and Friends has partnered with several prestigious groups and organizations to make this nationwide outreach successful. These partners include: