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October 1, 2013

It's a dog's life

Therapy dog brings smiles to many

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Occasionally, Stewie gets to go to work with Edwards at Four Rivers. "He really likes to go there and the residents love to have him visit."

Edwards says that she hopes Stewie will be able to visit more people in need in this area. "It's amazing what these dogs can do for patients," she said. Edwards mentioned one patient who had been in a coma and doctors had given her little hope. "I let Stewie lick her hands and she opened her eyes," said Edwards.

Therapy dogs are becoming more popular with many medical practices across the country. Mayo Clinic has had a therapy dog in residence since 2002. The Mayo Clinic website also sites that animal-assisted therapy can help to reduce pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue in patients with variable health conditions.

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