On October 2, Elsa, Texas Children’s first therapy dog, celebrated her one year anniversary at the hospital with patients and friends alike. The four-legged, full-time employee arrived in October 2016 and has brought smiles and comfort to patients, families, visitors and employees ever since.
To commemorate her special day, Elsa donned a “It’s my gotcha day!” t-shirt. She spent time greeting patients and guests, and received many cards from those who love her most. Patients also decorated new bows for Elsa’s collar and enjoyed cookies during the celebration.
Graciously funded by Judy and Bobby Shackouls, the golden retriever spends her days with her handler and Texas Children’s child life specialist, Sarah Herbek. The two collaborate with medical teams and physical and occupational therapists to provide support to patients who may be having trouble coping with hospital stays, a new diagnosis or other experiences.
Texas Children’s looks forward to celebrating many more milestones with Elsa.