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Post Bulletin
     August 29, 2018      #61-240 PB1 5
 
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In this 2017 file photo, Kate Herness, of Byron, walks with Boots, an 11-year-old boxer/American staffordshire terrier cross therapy dog, to greet travelers at Rochester International Airport.
Photos by Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com
Good dogs, doing good

By John Sievers
life@postbulletin.com


All dogs go to heaven, but there’s no doubt that the dogs serving the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) deserve that blessed destination.

The smiles his therapy dogs have created have been Don Vaughan’s favorite part of volunteering for ATD for the last 15 years. ATD’s mission is to “bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike,” and if contagious grins are any indication of success, Don thinks he’s done well. In the Rochester area, ATD dogs can be found comforting those in need at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, correctional facilities, libraries and the ...

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Boots, an 11-year-old boxer/American staffordshire terrier cross therapy dog, greets travelers in the security line last year at Rochester International Airport.