“You don’t have to worry about your appearances or the way you look,” 10-year-old Mary Elena says in a video taken at the annual Best Friends Bash on Saturday, where she hung out with Monroe, a dachshund who underwent a full mouth dental extraction. “It’s a bonding thing.”
The annual gathering at Penn Vet's Hill Pavilion gives children who are craniofacial patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia a chance to connect with canine craniofacial patients in an environment where they can be inspired by their similar journey.
The 3-hour event gave the children and dogs a chance to bond.
See adorable pictures from the event on the next page.