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Special dog helps people staying at the Ronald McDonald House
Pensacola - Therapy dogs help people through all sorts of tough times.
Tuesday, those staying at the Ronald McDonald House got a visit from a therapy dog to help them through the holidays.
Holidays here at the Ronald McDonald House can be tough on families, but that's when therapy dogs like Dusty come in.
Dusty is a 4 year old Shetland Sheepdog Blue Merle.
Dorothy and Charles Perry have had him since he was eight weeks old and knew he was special from the beginning.
When Dusty was eight months old he was attacked by a pit bull and had to have several surgeries.
After he recovered, Dusty and his owners went through extensive training. And for the past two years Dusty has been a therapy dog.
"He's our miracle dog because he went through all of that and still came back and did therapy," said Dorothy Perry.
Dusty visits various places offering attention and love.
"This one just eats it up. He loves it," said Perry.
But, one of his favorite places to visit is the Ronald Mcdonald House.
Rose Agosto's family have been staying at the house since November 19th.
Her granddaughter Ma'Kaylee was born premature, weighing just 2 pounds 10 ounces
She's now nearly 4 pounds.
Her four year old uncle Troy visits her often and will be spending his Christmas at the Ronald McDonald House.
This was his first time meeting Dusty.
"They are so friendly so giving, so yeah it's pretty cool to have them come around," said Rose Agosto.
"He gives them a lot of companionship and takes their minds away from the problems that they are going through," said Perry.
After lots of head scratches , treats, and of course the occasional kiss.
Troy's smile says it all about the therapy.
"What did you think about Dusty?" "Uhh.. cute."
Dusty visits the Ronald McDonald House twice a month.