Marla P. is a widow. Susan H. is recovering from cancer. Karen W. is divorced and just moved to a new city.
All these women have found themselves in difficult, yet different, places in their lives. But they all have one thing in common: They all live with dogs.
And their dogs are making the difference between despondency and hope, progress and self-pity, desperation and dynamism.
These women, and others who were part of a study for my recent doctoral dissertation, say their companion dogs contribute to improvement in their emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as in their social lives.
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