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Second Annual Best Friends Bash Held At Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The second annual Best Friends Bash was held at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Tuesday night.

Young patients who have facial differences like a cleft palate or a cleft lip got a chance to spend some time with dogs who have had surgery for their facial differences.

Connor Loescher and about a dozen other kids got to hang out and play with dogs like Frankie the Pug and Rumor the Ridgeback.

"It feels good. I get to interact with dogs and learn how they are and feel how they feel. They're almost like my brother or sister," Loescher said.

Dr. Scott Bartlett, the Chief of Plastic Surgery at CHOP, says man's best friend has a special lesson for these kids.

"They're learning to see that these dogs lead relatively normal lives even though they have a facial difference and I think that shows them that they can lead those lives too," Dr. Bartlett said.

The evening included lots of petting, lots of treats and lots of love being shared between the dogs and the kids.


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