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Skyline adds cheery four-legged volunteers

WHITE SALMON — Two of Skyline’s newest volunteers have four legs and a cute little tail. And that’s no joke.

The two beagles — Roger and Two-Spot — drop by Skyline weekly to check in on patients and bring extra smiles to patients, staff and visitors.

Pat and Dick Marlow of Snowden started pet therapy after Pat spent a little too much time in hospitals herself. What she noticed is that her dog brought smiles to more than just herself. After extensive obedience training with the American Kennel Club, Pat and Roger started scheduling visitations with her dogs at local hospitals.

Don’t plan on bringing any dog to Skyline just yet.

Volunteer dog handlers must go through extensive hospital screenings and their four-legged friends are certified in household obedience and manners.

For more information on their program, call 509-493-2547.

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