Partnership brings Lourdes formal pet therapy services | Feature

Dorothy Strong carefully bent down, softly stroking the blue Great Dane’s neck. Alma, a 132-pound dose of canine therapy, patiently responded to the gentle touch with little movement. Strong’s affectionate tone and petting eventually drew an affectionate nuzzle from Alma. “An animal is to be loved,” Strong said. “They bring so much joy.” A physical …