Watchwoman on the Wall

A woman paralyzed by stroke had been unresponsive for over a year. Her physical therapist had been working daily with her to no avail. B.J. Cobb, Animals Samaritans’ Health Care and Assisted Living division coordinator for their Animal Assisted Therapy program, brought Daniel for a visit and the dog immediately approached the woman with the contorted posture and catatonic expression. Her therapist placed the woman’s hand on Danny’s head. Nothing. Then Danny licked her hand, and the woman smiled-for the first time in over a year.


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