Meet Ralph, the giant Schnauzer who helps children to walk and smile!
Ralf has gained a reputation as something of a miracle worker since joining Royal Children’s Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia. The selfless pooch walks the wards and looks in on his young patients every Monday. He even sits with some during gruelling chemotherapy therapy sessions.
Ralf got two-year-old Claire Couwenberg to walk for the first time in the five days since her surgery to remove a cancerous kidney. And he brought a smile to 15-month-old Zeke Harrison, who has a rare genetic disorder where his body is unable to break down protein and too much can kill him.
Research has found the relaxing and happy effect of animals improved health and facilitated healing.