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CHIHUAHUA MIX BATTLING CANCER WINS THERAPY ANIMAL OF THE YEAR…

CHIHUAHUA MIX BATTLING CANCER WINS THERAPY ANIMAL OF THE YEAR AWARD – A dog named Baby Cakes has been visiting patients at Griffin Hospital since 2008.

Baby Cakes, a Chihuahua/Terrier mix, has been awarded the Spirit of Planetree Therapy Animal of the Year Award for comforting patients at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut. He is currently battling cancer himself but that hasn’t stopped him from making his special visits to the hospital. Here’s more from the Griffin Hospital press release:

Baby Cakes, a Chihuahua terrier mix, and owner Janice Correia, of Ansonia, were honored recently honored with the Spirit of Planetree Therapy Animal of the Year Award. Baby Cakes and Correia have been visiting patients at Griffin Hospital since 2008. Hospital staff and patients appreciate visits by Baby Cakes for his engaging personality and his ability to light up a room with his wagging tail and endless enthusiasm.

Baby Cakes was nominated for the award by Ruth Tuccio, coordinator of People and Animals Working in Spirit, the therapy dog program at Griffin Hospital.

Although dealing with a cancer diagnosis, Baby Cakes continues to make routine visits and special visits by request, Tuccio said. His ability to say “Mama” on command has helped many patients to forget they are in the hospital for a moment while being entertained by him.

“His indomitable spirit is a true asset to our patients and staff,” said Tuccio.

The Spirit of Planetree Awards were created to promote patient-centered care by publicly recognizing those who personalize and demystify the healthcare experience for others as well as programs and services that support extraordinary achievement in patient-centered care.

Congratulations to Baby Cakes for touching many, many people with his comforting presence. Click here for the full story and here for more about Planetree, an

internationally-recognized not-for-profit organization that partners with health care providers around the globe to advance patient-/resident-centered approaches to care. (Photo from Griffin Hospital)

Source: Dog Journal

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