Pet Therapy - Programs - Eskenazi Health

Therapy dogs are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices and disaster areas. They also assist people with learning difficulties.

Patients in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital can request a visit from a certified therapy dog any time the dogs are in the building. Nurses can arrange visits for patients who they feel could benefit from interaction with a dog. Patients can hold or pet the dogs, and the dogs are also able to lie on the bed with patients. Unlike service dogs, who are primarily used for deaf or blind individuals, therapy dogs are trained to bring comfort to people.

Patients who would like to request a visit while in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital should speak with their nurse or call the Robert & Gina Laikin Pet Therapy Program at Eskenazi Health at 317.880.8565.

Learn more about some of the therapy pets below. To support the pet therapy program, please visit

  • Comet

    Comet - bulldogBulldog
    DOB: June 2009
    Background: Lazy D Kennels in Coldwater, MS
    Accomplishments: Paws & Think certified therapy dog, Hoosier Bulldog Rescue foster host
    Current Venues: Carmel Clay Public Library, Marian University, Eskenazi Health

  • Gaia

    Gaia - French water dogBarbet (French Water Dog)
    DOB: October 2014
    Favorite activities: Visiting people, watching birds, chasing squirrels, jumping in UPS cars, snuggling and being a general class clown
    Accomplishments: Canadian Champion, Trick Dog Novice, Canine Good Citizen, Canine Good Neighbour with the Canadian Kennel Club, AKC Therapy Dog Title
  • Dulce

    Dulce - ChihuahuaChihuahua (long-haired)
    DOB: Feb. 27, 2008
    Favorite activities: Napping, going for car rides, tummy rubs, visiting friends and begging for treats
    Accomplishments: Official torchbearer for the Indiana Bicentennial celebration
  • Indee

    Indee - dogShetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
    DOB: June 10, 2009
    Favorite Activities: Visiting people, competing in agility trials and keeping her fur brothers in line
    Accomplishments: Canine Good Citizen/MACH2 (Agility Title)

  • Reggie

    Reggie - dogRed Standard Poodle
    DOB: April 2012
    Background: Born in Columbia Falls, Montana
    Activities: Loves the opportunity to chase, plays “ambush” with her brother
    Accomplishments: AKC Canine Good Citizen, Certified with Alliance of Therapy Dogs


  • Rex

    Rex - dogGerman Shepherd
    DOB: October 2011
    Favorite Activities: Playing ball, taking long walks, playing with other dogs and little kids
    Certifications: AKC Canine Good Citizen, Pet Partners Pet Therapy, Advanced Obedience (4 yrs)

  • Ty

    Ty - dogChocolate Standard Poodle
    Background: Rescued at 6 months-old from Toledo, Ohio
    Activities: Loves attention and any chance to play
    Accomplishments: AKC Canine Good Citizen, Certified with Alliance of Therapy Dogs
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