Posted: Mar 27 2010
Photo credit: Jim Urquhart,
The Salt Lake Tribune
Piggy, a pitbull-boxer mix, works as a therapy dog at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City. Hit by a car 2½ years ago, Piggy’s back legs are paralyzed so she uses her front legs and a doggy wheelchair to drag them behind her. In her therapy work, Piggy connects with disabled children providing comfort, encouragement and lots of doggy kisses.
Piggy is one of four therapy dogs that visit the hospital. Despite the reputation pitbulls have, Piggy is friendly and calm. Piggy routinely visits 20 rooms, where children convalesce recovering from surgery or waiting to be fitted for new wheelchairs or casts.
April Hollingsworth, Piggy’s owner knows Piggy has a tremendous gift. “The kids love the dogs,” she says. “I’ve witnessed moments where a child hasn’t talked to anyone else but the second that the dog comes in the room, they will just sit down and tell a dog how they’re feeling and what scares them.”
Read more about Piggy and her therapy work here.