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Missy begs to go to work – Pet therapy dog

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“Wanna go to work?” is all Frank Arciuolo has to say and Missy is ready to go! Missy, a three-year old shepherd mix, is a therapist, or rather a pet therapy dog. She brings joy, smiles, increased oxytocin levels, lowered blood pressure, and healing therapy to the patients at TMC for Children. We talked with Missy and Frank to get…

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Meet Ella – Pet Therapy Poodle

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Studies have shown that pet therapy is more than merely a fun distraction – it can actually decrease blood pressure and reduce anxiety and stress. Oh, and how we love our doggy pet therapists across the hospital! Join us as we meet Ella. Diana Alexander adopted Ella, a standard poodle, from a rescue group seven years ago. Within a couple of years, Ella…

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Traveling the miles to bring the smiles – Equine Therapy from Step into TLC

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“What do you think Buddy likes to eat?” George Roach asks Viah. Buddy, a miniature horse, stands at may be 3 feet high, nuzzling alongside Viah, his eyes closing as she gently strokes his forelock.  Viah is focused on Buddy seemingly barely hearing George whose soft calm voice continues to gently ask questions, share information about the horse and respond when Viah does talk. Viah smiles, these equine…

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