A two-year-old Labrador Retriever named Parks is providing emotional support and physical aid to a ton of patients at the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Florida.
Parks knows over 40 commands, such as pulling toy wagons, pushing drawers, and retrieving items, the hospital tells FOX News.
The good boy got his training from Canine Companions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training dogs for emotional support practices to help those in need.
Parks has been paired with Kimberly Burbage, a child life specialist at the hospital, and will spend his free time with her when he’s not working Monday through Friday.
Burbage said in a statement:
“I have been interested in creating this program at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer for several years and am excited to be able to incorporate Parks into the hospital journey of our patients and families.
Parks and I were matched together by Canine Companions and, even though we’ve only been working together for a month, I can already see the impact he is making with our children and adolescents.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Parks in bringing some great therapeutic benefit and normalcy to the patients here at the hospital.”
PetSmart Charities granted money to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer in 2020 to cover the training cost of Parks.
I mean, talk about a win all across the board.
A number of kids will have smiles put on their faces because of ol’ Parks, and he’ll get a lot of love from them himself.