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Features July 2015 Issue

Would Your Dog Make a Good Therapist?

Sometimes therapy dogs provide comfort to people who have health problems similar to theirs. Here, therapy dog Boo, born with a heart defect, cheers a girl with heart disease at a "Friends with Heart" event in Worcester, Massachusetts. Boo's owner/handler, Debra Gibbs, looks on.

Would Your Dog Make a Good Therapist?

You’d be surprised how many dogs can learn to heal.

The wheels on the bus go

Ruff Ruff Ruff…

Debra Gibbs’s shih tzu is “a little spoiled diva,” by Gibb’s own account. “Boo has always had a very good life,” Ms. Gibbs says. Yet “you can tell she’s growing” through her work as a therapy dog. She can even delight children with special needs and thereby help them adjust more easily by inserting “ruff ruff ruff” where “round round round” usually goes in the Wheels on the…

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