J. McLaughlin
216 S. Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540

J McLaughlin

Aidan the Hugging Golden Doodle Releases Book Series for Children! July 28

A suburban dog has traveled the world to comfort kids and military veterans. Now, he’s releasing his very own book series for children.

He’s known as “Aidan the Hugging Golden Doodle” — a large, white ball of fluff with a big heart.

“I took him for his first puppy class when he was eight weeks old and that’s when the instructor told me this is a dog with a purpose,” said Naperville resident Samantha Kandah, Aidan’s owner.

For nearly a decade, the Golden doodle has comforted children facing cancer at local hospitals.

“He would build a relationship with his patients. For example, when the kids are sick, when they go in for treatment, Aiden would be there waiting with them so they knew not to be so scared when they went in,” said Kandah.

Aidan’s first book takes place in Downtown Naperville. You can find his books on

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