Mary MuellerOct 11, 2017, 1:03 pmOct 11, 2017, 1:06 pm

Furry friends help kids at Valhalla children’s hospital tackle their ABCs

Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School offers ‘Reading with Rover’ therapy dog program to young patients throughout the year

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A special therapy dog program got underway Wednesday at the Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School in Valhalla.

The school treats in-and-out patients at the children's hospital.

For the kids, a smile means a lot. The kindergartners spend much of their time at the Blythedale Children's Hospital, being treated for everything from traumatic brain injuries, to cancer rehabilitation.

Many attend the hospital’s school, the first of its kind in the country, treating in-and-out patients.

On Wednesday, students at the Blythedale School met two special friends – dogs names Buzz and Hearst.

The dogs are part of the "Reading with Rover" therapy dog program, which the school and hospital offers throughout the year. Kids learn how to identify different words the dogs wear around their necks and the kids learn to become more comfortable animals.

Patty Murphy leads the dog therapy program and showed FiOS1 News how interactive the dogs can be for the students.

The kids all agreed the dogs were a welcomed addition to the class that they loved petting.

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