Service dog helps ease Frederick veteran’s anxiety | Pets And Animals

Service dog helps ease Frederick veteran's anxiety |  Pets And Animals

Joe Nieves, 40, sank into the couch of his living room. His service dog, Jem, a 3-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix, hopped up next to him and rested her head on his thigh. He started petting her, running his hands over her ears.

“I mean, look at her. She doesn’t have to be here right now,” he said. “She could be, like, in the bedroom, but she wants to be here and that means a lot to me.”

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