Animals as healers

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Outside the assisted-living complex, Penny and Boo act like any dogs their age. Full of energy, 2-year-old Penny bounces around the sidewalk, antics that seem to mildly irritate the more dignified Boo, 7.

But when the two dogs head inside with their owners, Lisa Freeman and Debra Gibbs, they are all business. As members of the Tufts Paws for People pet-visitation team, they’re on a mission to deliver the comforting benefits of the human-animal bond.

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