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Maddy with her certification tag for being a therapy dog. Owner Ashley Bemis said that, due to her size (she weighs around six pounds), the tag is too big for her to wear.

Size doesn't matter

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Research shows therapy dogs have the ability to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, ease depression and improve the quality of life, among other factors.


That's for the patient. How about owning one?

"It's been very rewarding," said Ashley Bemis, who owns "Maddy," a Chihuahua/Papillon dog who officially became certified last July. "It makes your day when their eyes light up when we walk in."

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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