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Tammie Lanners and her dog, Woody, are volunteers with the Paws of Love Hospice of Douglas County Therapy Dog Program. They visit Cozette Fjordback, a hospice patient, once a week.

Dogs provide comfort, companionship to hospice patients

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Cozette Fjordback has a new friend. He's everything a person could ask for of a friend - he's warm, gentle, patient, caring, a good listener, and best of all, he visits regularly.


He also gives lots of kisses.

Fjordback is a resident at Bethany Home in Alexandria. The 91-year-old has lung cancer and is currently receiving hospice care.

She receives comfort and companionship from her new friend - an 8-year-old Labrador named Woody.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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