Therapy Pit Bulls Visit Sick Patients To Raise Spirits


Chris and Mariesa Hughes have eight dogs at home, which can definitely make it hectic. When they do have free time, they spend part of that visiting hospitals with their two therapy pit bulls, Gremlin and Stig. When not doing therapy work, Gremlin has his own Facebook page with almost 100,000 fans that supports the Mr. Mo Project, a project started by the Hughes in honor of Mr. Moses, a senior pitty they adopted. The project helps senior dogs that may not get adopted otherwise, by helping with vet bills and rehoming senior dogs. In addition, they take care of “lifers” – dogs that are accepted into the project, are no longer available for adoption and receive lifelong financial assistance thanks to their sponsors.

Chris and Mariesa Hughes have eight dogs at home, which can definitely make it hectic. When they do have free time, they spend part of that visiting hospitals with their two therapy pit bulls, Gremlin and Stig.

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Often, they visited their Godfather, uncle Bill, who resided at a skilled nursing facility for end of life care.

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“I think for him to see any dog, he’s really happy…makes him feel like himself again,” says Mariesa.

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