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Longest-Working Therapy Dog at Seattle Hospital Retires

Longest-Working Therapy Dog at Seattle Hospital Retires

A beloved volunteer employee of Seattle Children's Hospital has made his last rounds. Abe, the hospital's longest-working therapy dog, had been a weekly fixture for the last 11 years. “I always said he was born to be a therapy dog,” said Judith Bonifaci, Abe’s owner and trusted handler. “From the moment I met him, I could tell he was an old soul who had a special purpose in life.”

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