NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The hospital isn't always a fun place to be. It can cause stress and anxiety in all patients. The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is trying to ease the nerves of kids while they get treatment.
"Even though it was a rough start in the beginning, the dogs kind of helped me get through it easier," said Chase Hines, 10. The fifth grader is getting treatment for leukemia.
"When you're in a hospital, sometimes you don't want to be there. So the dogs kind of help you feel more at home," he said while playing with Tally, a pet therapy dog.
Tally is one of more than 50 dogs in Buddy Brigade, CHKD's dog therapy program.
"Every one of these children is dear to my heart, and I try to pray for them when I'm not here," said Lin Tomlinson, Tally's handler.
The hospital is expanding Buddy Brigade and is looking for more pets and handlers. The dog must be a member of TDI, Alliance of Therapy Dogs or Pet Partners. Handlers also go through an application process.
If you and your dog are interested in getting involved with Buddy Brigade, you can visit CHKD's website.