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Piper, the Therapy Dog With Three Legs and a Nose for Healing

January 10, 2019

Piper, the Therapy Dog With Three Legs and a Nose for Healing

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Polly Spenle had been researching what it would take for her pup Piper to become a therapy dog when a car accident left Piper injured. But even an amputation couldn’t keep Piper from her purpose.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Polly Spenle, Therapy Dogs


January 12, 2017

Family Helped by Pet Therapy Gives Back by Getting Some Fur in the Game

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Cindi Thurston’s first encounter with a therapy dog may have come under unfortunate circumstances, but the imprint it left would change her life for the better. In a column for Wisconsin’s Dunn County News, Cindi writes that first meeting took place while her then 10-year-old daughter was hospitalized with a serious medical condition. “We were […]

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Tags: Cindi Thurston, Mayo Clinic Health System, Therapy Dogs


November 17, 2016

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

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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


December 15, 2015

A Nose for Knowing When She’s Needed

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Lindy Streightiff loves her job. You can see her excitement “as soon as we pull into the parking lot,” says Joan Streightiff, better known around Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus as “Lindy’s mom.” Lindy and mom are one of 32 Caring Canine teams that bring tidings of comfort and joy to patients (and staff) during the […]

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Tags: Caring Canines, Florida Campus, Therapy Dogs


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