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Brigham and Women's Hospital starts program for healing hounds


It wasn’t Oliver’s first time at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, but it was the first time he was there with a branded hospital vest. 

He came to sit with patients, comfort them in a time of healing. But he barely made it through the lobby — families and patients kept coming over, drawn to him, wanting a few minutes of Oliver’s time. 

Oliver isn’t a famous doctor or celebrity but a 7-year-old golden retriever, and one of three dogs that are part of the Brigham’s new therapy dog program,…


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