Dogs help kids deal with illness.
One little pup is making a world of difference for some sick kids.
A dog with an unusually big head is making a big impact on children who suffer from the same brain condition. Frank, a Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, has hydrocephalus, more commonly known as “water on the brain.” The condition is caused by an overproduction of fluid that doesn’t drain, or fluid that cannot be absorbed in the spine due to an obstruction. It was hard to find a forever family due to Frank’s medical condition, a condition that can result in costly MRIs and possibly even surgery for a shunt, which may be needed later to help drain the fluid and relieve pressure on his brain. Finally, Stacey Metz found Frank. Metz is an administrative assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University who works with both adults and children who suffer from the same condition. She knew that Frank would be a good inspiration for others and adopted Frank last August. Today, the dog is in training to become a therapy dog to show children that they aren’t alone.