Harry Houdini, Therapy Dog Extraordinaire, works magic with children of all ages and their families at Weiss Pediatric Care. Whether he’s working with a 4-year-old anticipating immunizations, a toddler receiving a nebulizer treatment, or a teenager awaiting an annual well visit, Harry is proof that skilled therapy dogs can play a vital role in creating an optimal environment for health and healing.
Research underscores that the “presence of therapy animals can lower anxiety, epinephrine and norepinephrine levels, and systolic pulmonary artery pressure. In addition, patient testimonials identify common themes of relaxation, calmness, and peace among pediatric patients.”
While Harry’s participation in visits is by invitation only, almost all Weiss Pediatric Care patients – from toddlers to teens (and their parents too!) – ask for him whenever they come to see us.
Harry is an integral part of Weiss Pediatric Care’s patient-centered model, His passion for Weiss Pediatric Care and his work with children is matched only by his love of cheese.
Be sure to ask for Harry the next time you’re visiting us. He’s looking forward to meeting you and working his magic, just like the magician for whom he’s named.