Dogs can bring so much joy to children, especially when those children are hospitalized for long periods due to serious illnesses such as cancer. St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo is one of just a few hospitals in Japan that accepts therapy dog visits. The visits began after the death of a girl whose last wish was to be visited by a dog. By portraying the loving interaction between the dogs and the children, I wanted to show that animals can enhance the childrens’ quality of life, as well as help develop their resilience in the face of their difficult circumstances.
Iwasaki Publishing Co., Ltd., 2009 Yen 1,800 (Japanese)