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Adopted dogs get new job, new life

More than 40 dogs and 37 handlers are working in the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a tertiary care center in Rockford, Illinois, the Rockford Register Star reports.

Peaches, a 6-year-old Sheltie, was kept outside with the goats in Texas because her owners deemed her not show dog material. Mr. Ed, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever, was found wandering in Iowa with another lost dog, and Bella and Abbey, two 5-year-old Newfoundlands, were crated for most of their young lives. Zeke, a 4-year-old greyhound racing rescue dog had his leg amputated as a puppy.

Despite the dogs varied and upsetting backgrounds, they have been adopted and now work successfully as therapy dogs. They visit many different patients who request their company - from pediatrics to oncology and post-cardiac surgery to orthopedic.

Zeke the greyhound is particularly inspirational to patients because he has overcome the adversity of losing a leg, the news source reports. Greyhounds, though thought to be high-energy, actually make great pets and are calm and social, according to Your News Now in Austin, Texas.  
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