New Service Dog Joins OU Children's Hospital

Tuesday, September 22nd 2020, 4:33 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine

OU Children's Hospital just got another four-legged friend to help kids battle illnesses.

Chocolate Labrador retriever, Litta, just joined the team as part of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s "Dogs for Joy" program.

The program's goal is to increase the number of service dogs nationwide.

Litta, 2, 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 every day,” Bailey Wetzel, 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 make sure her sheets are cleaned, too.