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Here is a great story for your Monday to kick off your week on a happy note. There is something magical about four paws and a wagging tongue. This story about therapy dogs and a young girl living with a spinal cord injury explains just how magical it is.
Asheauna Pryor loves dogs. Her pit bull, Dre, may be her favorite, but she lights up when a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Lewis is around.
The two often play one of Lewis’ favorite games: hide-and-seek. At a recent visit, Asheauna sent him out of the room and hid his toy and ball. When Lewis returned, he needed several clues to find the toy. But when asked where the ball was, the retriever didn’t disappoint. Within seconds, Lewis sniffed it out from behind a mat.
“Well, that was fast,” Asheauna said with a laugh. Then it was on to more hiding and seeking.
This might seem like all fun and games, but the weekly sessions involving Lewis and Asheauna have a serious purpose: to help the 8-year-old move her arms and hands.
Asheauna, who lives in Prince George’s County, Md., began feeling weak last fall on one side of her body. Doctors found a tumor, or abnormal growth, on her spinal cord that was causing the weakness. She had surgery in December to remove as much of the tumor as possible. During surgery, part of Asheauna’s spinal cord was damaged, and afterward she was unable to move her arms and legs. She needed help getting around in a wheelchair.
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