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Therapy dog used to boost patient morale at Mineral Co. hospital

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MISSOULA -

Patients at The Mineral County Community Hospital in Superior get a special morale boost from a furry, four-legged friend once a week.

The 15-month-old English Lab named "Storm Trooper" has been on this assignment for three weeks now. He, his owner Linda Reineke and her grandson Parker walk the halls of the hospital and visit Long Term Care residents.

They handed out small Valentine's Day gifts on Wednesday.  

"I have his mom and dad, I own them. So I have Happy Labs Kennel. He is out of my first littler and so I trained him and he's been through obedience and certified through Pet Partners to do therapy work," Reineke said.

Hospital Activities Director Cathy Jones says these visits are very therapeutic for patients. 

"It's a proven fact that animals are great for the elderly and for anyone actually. It's just been great, this worked out it's awesome and the residents love animals and Storm Trooper, he just lights up when he comes in," Jones said.

Reineke says Storm Trooper has been very well received and hopes to continue to share him with the community.

"Just the smile on the people's faces brings me so much joy. When I come in a room they just all brighten up and Trooper too he just gets pretty excited," Reineke said.

Click here to learn more about Storm Trooper and The Happy Labs Kennel in St. Regis.  

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