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Dr Dogs turn our in force to visit kids at Christmas
Twelve of our lovely Dr Dogs took on the role of Santa Paws to attend the annual party at the Duchess of Kent Hospital on Christmas Day 2009.
The hospital is a renowned centre for the treatment of paediatric orthopaedic problems, as well as providing treatment for children with neurological developmental disorders. It is also the hospital where Jill began Animals Asia’s animal therapy programme, with the very first Dr Dog visit in 1991!
Dr Alpha, Dr Billy, Dr Coco, Dr Lulu, Dr Kelly, Dr Maisie, Dr Siu Mui, Dr Willie, Dr Cha Cha, Dr Remy , Dr Goldie and Dr Lok Lok all dressed up as Santa Paws, and attended the party accompanied by their guardians.
Dr Kelly, Dr Lok Lok and Dr Cha Cha join the "Little Angels" at the garden party
Animals Asia 's Dr Dogs, volunteers and staff setting up for the parade
The party started early in the morning with the Dr Dogs leading a walk to the front entrance of the hospital, followed by the lovely “Little Angels” alongside a parade of BB Club cars covered with Christmas decorations and carrying a number of Santa Clauses to the hospital.
Among the young patients, was Yang Lijing [楊麗靜] of Sichuan Mianzhu[四川綿竹], who had just celebrated her 11th birthday. She had survived the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province in 2008, but had been injured when her school building collapsed and crushed her left foot. Lijing had been in Hong Kong for treatment since November 2009 and had just undergone a second operation. This being her first time away from home, our lovely Dr Alpha gave her some very personal attention.
The party carried on into the afternoon with singing, games and gifts distributed by the Santas.
The event was featured on various Christmas day news reports, on Hong Kong ATV's evening news, and in various Hong Kong newspapers. Click here to see the Chinese-language media coverage.
Dr Remy greets one of the older patients
Dr Alpha offering his special brand of therapy to Yang Lijing
Dr Dogs lead off the Christmas Parade heading towards the hospital