Therapy Dogs

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Meet the Dogs of Dogwatch

It might not be too surprising to learn that the DogWatch offices are populated by dog lovers and also by their loved dogs. To us it’s just natural to have a dog or two strolling the halls or sleeping comfortably under our desks. It comes as no surprise to learn that this once-rare workplace perk is becoming more popular.
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Staff Sgt. Anthony Houston, of Detroit, and Staff Sgt. Travis Gilbert, of Rockford, Mich., both from the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1225th Corps Support Battalion, which recently returned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, watch 3-year-old therapy dog, Lugnut, do a trick Aug. 4. Welcome Home Dogs, a volunteer organization of handlers and dogs, recently started visiting Camp Atterbury soldiers as they work through the mobilization and demobilization process. Photo by Jill Swank

Paging Doctor Fido! The Healing Power of Therapy Dogs

Curling up with a canine companion is definitely one of life’s purest and most simple pleasures. How many times have you wished you could bottle that wonderful feeling of comfort and peace that comes from petting a dog so you could open it up and have that feeling again when things get rough? That’s the basic premise behind therapy dogs: dogs that are trained to be well-behaved and provide comfort and affection to those in need of it.
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