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November 17, 2016

Caring  Canines Program Is ‘Love at First Sight’ for Struggling Patients

By In the Loop intheloop

After a career as a physician in Minneapolis, Denise Krivach, M.D., was looking forward to spending her retirement years in the solitude of the Montana backcountry. As the Star Tribune reports, however, those plans abruptly changed when she woke up one day to find her body “non-functional.” Local doctors initially diagnosed her with early onset […]

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Tags: Caring Canines, Jessica Smidt, Therapy Dogs


November 19, 2015

A Dog’s Life … at Mayo Clinic

By In the Loop intheloop

When Jessica Smidt conducts interviews, she looks for certain must-have traits in her candidates: reliability, predictability, friendliness and, perhaps most importantly, a “happy tail.” That may sound like a strange job requirement, but for the coordinator of Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canine Therapy Dog Program, it’s a telltale (ahem) sign that a potential recruit has the […]

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Tags: Caring Canines, Dr. Edward Creagan, Jessica Smidt, Sharon Theimer


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