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PATCH, the Bernese mountain dog, visits Mid-Columbia Medical Center with his human companion, Gene Poirier. His breed is best known as cold-weather dogs, but they are also bred for companionship, a suitable visitor for patients in need of comfort.

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PATCH, the Bernese mountain dog, visits Mid-Columbia Medical Center with his human companion, Gene Poirier. His breed is best known as cold-weather dogs, but they are also bred for companionship, a suitable visitor for patients in need of comfort.



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AT 130 POUNDS, Patch, a Bernese mountain dog, was bred for warmth and companionship during the cold winters of the Swiss Alps. He puts his good traits to work as a visitor at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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