Service Dog Helps Patients At OU's Children's Hospital

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 4:31 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine

OU Children's Hospital just got another service dog to help kids battle illnesses.

Two-year-old chocolate lab, Litta, just joined the team as part of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s ‘Dogs for Joy’ program.

The programs goal is to increase the number of service dogs nationwide.

Litta is skilled a teaching kids how to take medicine or how to put on a hospital gown.

She is a stylish pup, too.

“She loves to wear bows – she wears a different bow everyday,” Bailey Wetzel, A child-live expert and Litta’s handler said.

Litta’s got a lot of fans at the hospital and the feeling is mutual.

"We call her wiggles and she wiggles her whole body - so we know she just loves to be here,” Wetzel said.

Litta's even taking COVID-19 precautions. Hospital workers ensure that everyone must wash their hands before touching her and sheets are cleaned too.