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From NC Health News: Asheville airport therapy dogs help anxious flyers and workers

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven, North Carolina Health News

Leah Marie and Luna Marie moved to Asheville throughout the pandemic’s first winter. Luna was 7 years previous on the time, and morose. She moped round the home, eager for all her misplaced social interplay. Luna appeared so unhappy that Leah thought she may want antidepressants.

But as vaccines rolled out, the 2 ventured again into the world and Luna acquired her groove again. Now at 9 years previous, Luna — a 60-pound (or so) goldendoodle — is busy as ever. She usually goes to work with Leah at a boutique downtown, and she volunteers as a therapy canine: at a reminiscence care middle and, extra lately, on the Asheville airport.

“She looks like a bomb sniffing dog,” Leah mentioned with amusing. “She constantly has her nose down,” scouring the ground for scraps that rushed vacationers have left behind. But each for canines and for people, the advantages of therapy dogs prolong past a crumb right here and there.