Meet Josh the Dog

Young girl patient with Josh the golden retriever

Meet Josh the Dog

Josh is a loving Golden Retriever whose tail never stops wagging. In his lifetime, Josh has logged thousands of air and land miles criss-crossing America bringing hope and courage to children during difficult times in their lives. Josh lives with Dr. Randy Lange, a veterinarian in Knoxville, Tennessee, and his family. Josh’s story became public soon after Dr. Lange’s daughter, Jessica, was scheduled for a tonsillectomy and was terrified about having surgery. Like every parent, Dr. Lange hated to see his daughter terrified of her upcoming surgery and was frustrated at the lack of materials available which explained surgery at a child’s level. So Dr. Lange’s concern for his own daughter and other children in hospitals across America led him to write “I’ll Be O.K.”, a story about Josh’s surgery and his “adventure in getting well” at Dr. Rick’s animal hospital.

In real life, Josh is a beautiful Golden Retriever who has spent most of his life cheering up children in hospitals across the United States and promoting Josh and Friends. He is a furry seventy-five pounds with a beautiful, lush hair-coat that keeps Dr. Lange busy with daily brushing and grooming. His favorite pastime, other than visiting children, is rough-housing with Dr. Lange and fetching his toys (hundreds of times if his human playmate can hold up). He has a few tricks he performs, but only if he receives his favorite treats as a reward! Originally from southern California, Josh is truly a handsome, beach-loving, bronzed canine who loves children! He moved to Knoxville at ten weeks of age and began an intensive training program with a professional trainer and Dr. Lange. After completing his training, Dr. Lange and Josh have traveled thousands of miles by air and auto to visit children in all areas of our nation, and there are no plans for their travels to slow any time soon!

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