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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 is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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