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Features July 2013 Issue

In the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings Came Dogs Who Healed

Just 10 days after the bombing, Kat Powers (left) the American Red Cross's Director of Communications for Eastern Massachusetts, manages a smile as Newfoundland Koda, a Tufts Paws for People therapy dog, looks her way.

In the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings Came Dogs Who Healed

Therapy dogs heal psychic wounds, take away pain, provide comfort, and more. Would your dog make a good candidate?

“I don’t consider myself an animal person,” says Kat Powers. “But there I was sitting on the floor, getting kissed by a mini horse and patting a very, very large Newfie. At the same time, I was looking over at very tense mental health volunteers flown in from all over who were assisting families going through their worst week ever. And for the first time since the tragedy, as they walked up to dogs…

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