Tucker and the Smiles He Brings…
We think every graduate team at Assistance Dogs of Hawaii deserves celebrity status…but Tucker Hirsch actually is a celebrity! Closely approaching 3000 friends on Facebook, Tucker shares love and inspiration daily through his work at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children.
Tucker Hirsch is the hospital’s Chief Canine Officer. The eight-year-old golden retriever is not only the hospital’s golden boy, he and his handler, Dr. Wendi Hirsch, who is a clinical child psychologist, are co-therapists working with hospitalized keiki.
Over the past seven years, Tucker has brought smiles to over 1000 seriously ill children who have transferred through Kapi’olani. As a Hospitality Facility Dog, Tucker has many responsibilities- but the command to snuggle might be his most revered!
“Tucker is here full-time. He is our full-time hospital facility dog,” Dr. Hirsch said. “He helps kids, snuggles with them, and waits with them while they are getting chemotherapy. He gives them love and comfort in a way that nobody else can.” (excerpted KHON)
Tucker works Mondays through Fridays with pediatric patients, providing comfort, distraction and care to children with cancer, diabetes, physical injuries and other medical conditions. Children are given stuffed Tucker dolls and Tucker’s “baseball card” bearing his picture.
“The most beloved employee at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children is none other than Tucker the therapy dog. The kids look forward to seeing the 7-year-old golden retriever, who was trained by Assistance Dogs of Hawaii for more than a year and donated to Kapiolani when he was 1½ years old.” (excerpted Star Advertiser)
Read more about Tucker here: http://khon2.com/2014/05/13/therapy-dog-impacts-lives-through-social-media/
Thanks to all of our supporters who have helped Tucker help so many children!