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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.

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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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