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Therapy dogs spread holiday cheer at Riverbend Hospital

Therapy dogs spread love, compassion, and holiday cheer as they visit patients at Riverbend hospital.

Posted: Dec 3, 2017 7:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Furry friends warmed the hearts of many patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Hospital at Riverbend Sunday.

Therapy dogs went room to room to visit patients, and this time they added a little bit of Christmas cheer to their attire.

Dianne Trippett is a dog handler. She said she notices the difference her dog, Kitty, makes in the health of patients.

“Little kids, maybe two, three years-old, they will get up and they will just hug her and squeeze her and she loves it,” Trippett said. “She smiles every time they do it.”

Tripett said when she and Kitty visit patients they find comfort in petting a dog because they often miss their own.

Both the dogs and the handlers are volunteers. They also have to undergo rigorous training.

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