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Dogs visit kids spending Xmas in hospital bed

December 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Some special visitors spread lots of holiday cheer Sunday at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. Fifteen dogs sauntered through the halls of the pediatric unit, along with their volunteer handlers.

The visit helped to brighten the holidays for kids who will be spending Christmas in a hospital bed.

The dogs were even dressed up for the occasion

"She looks like a snow monster and she's just really fluffy," said Hossain Nowaid, a hospital patient.

These dogs are specially trained as part of UCLA's People-Animal Connection, an animal-assisted therapy program.