Albuquerque Therapy Dog Brings Joy To Local Hospital

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Penny is a busy chocolate lab. Two to three times a week, you'll find this therapy dog at a hospital visiting staff and patients or even helping kids at a vaccine event.

"Penny came to us because the owner had a sudden heart attack and none of the people in his family could take care of her," Greg Schoen said. "His daughter brought her over – we took her for a test drive and she fell in love with us and we fell in love with her."

Now you'll often find Penny roaming the halls in hospitals across the Metro.

"Instead of telling her 'Down' I tell her to 'Melt'," Schoen said, "because she's chocolate but she's so cold right now she'll turn into a pupsicle."

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