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Buddy is pictured with Marilyn Modica. Tribune photos by Ron Adams

Therapy dogs at Rice Hospice in Willmar help bring comfort to dying patients


Marilyn Modica is looking forward to the comfort she and her dog will soon be bringing to patients in Rice Hospice.

Buddy, a 6-year-old Peke-a-Poo, is a compassionate little dog who has "been really good" for his family, said Modica as she stroked his dark fur.

"He's got some qualities in him I've seen that I really feel would benefit others," she said. 'I just thought the two of us could really work well together."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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