Therapy dog cheers up hospital staff at St. Louis University Hospital

Doctors on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis are under a tremendous amount of pressure, but a new four-legged staff member at St. Louis University Hospital is helping to ease some of that stress.

Golden retriever “Bennett” is the hospital’s chief snuggle officer. No, really, that’s his official title.

Doctors and nurses say he lights up the room every time he walks in and brings some comfort to an otherwise chaotic situation. Mary Catherine Moran says: “He’s always around with a smile on his face and a wagging tail, and how do you not match that same energy?”

Right now, Bennett is only certified to offer comfort to hospital employees.

When he turns a year old in June, he’ll begin training to be a therapy dog for patients.


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