Children's Hospital Colorado

Honoring Ralph, MD

Through specialized child life programs, we ease the stress and anxiety of medical experiences using play, creativity, technology and even man's best friend.



Ralph Lauren the medical dog – or Ralph, MD, for short – was Children's Hospital Colorado's very first full-time hospital dog and a beloved member of our Child Life Department. In July 2021, Ralph, MD, honorably retired from clinical patient care.

Read about Ralph, MD, in the storybook below.

A Legacy of Love

The Story of Ralph, MD


Help us honor Ralph, MD

You can help ensure Ralph's legacy lives on by making a donation through the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation.

You can also download and print this coloring page featuring Ralph, MD, for your little one. We know losing a friend is never easy; if your child needs support processing news about Ralph, we recommend these tips for talking to children about death and grief.

Although Ralph, MD, is now retired, his work continues. Meet the other pups in our growing Medical Dog Program.