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Now I can...provide some paws-on therapy

Puma is a pooch named after a cat — and that’s hardly the only reason he’s special. As a trained and certified facility dog, the friendly Labrador helps Methodist Rehab patients achieve therapy goals.

“When we want patients to work on arm function, we might ask them to throw balls to Puma,” explained occupational therapist and trained dog handler Jenn Sivak. “Or we might ask questions about Puma to improve their memory skills.”

After a little Lab-work, most patients feel better. If not, Puma is ready with another prescription — a great big dose of puppy love.

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