Every person is different, of course, but when you're a little kid, being different can feel like one of the worst things ever. Drawing from this feeling, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Vet decided to do something to help kids with differences feel a little less alone - and that's how the Best Friends Bash was born.
The third annual Best Friends Bash took place on Wednesday, bringing together children with craniofacial disorders and dogs with similar issues. Almost all eight dogs in attendance have dealt with some sort of physical or health problem, similar to the kids present.
Penn VetPenn Vet"Receiving unconditional love and attention is an essential part of the healing process," Dr. Alexander Reiter, associate professor of dentistry and oral surgery at Penn Vet, said in a press release sent to The Dodo. "The dogs that participate in this meaningful event provide unspoken comfort, creating an immediate bond that allows the children to realize they are not alone."