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ArkLaTex Best: Pet Therapy

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There's a pet therapy program at the Glen Retirement System in Shreveport. For thirteen years, they have brought in pets to love on the patients. It's a love that works both ways and that's why KTBS 3's Rick Rowe has classified it as an ArkLaTex Best.

The end can be sad and lonely; your spouse is gone and the kids have moved away. Some may feel like nobody cares anymore, but that's not what Rick Rowe found at the Glen Retirement System.

Mary Hardesty lost her husband, her kids are gone but she's having a ball.

"They make us live longer and lower our blood pressure. The love I get, there is no comparison" says Hardesty.

At the Glen Retirement System, the animals sort of run the place.

The animals bring life and make everyone smile.

For 13 years now, Maureen Kidd has been bringing her animals, Connor and Bently to see the residents. Sometimes, there's a medical reason for their visit. Connor just thinks he's getting a rub down but he's actually giving residents a workout for some muscles and joints that could use it.

Occasionally there's a scandal.

"He used to sleep with me, the cat, but he found another lady down the hall; found another woman" says one of Glen's residents.

But mostly, it's puppy love; heart stuff, the kind of magic that happens when unconditional love meets unconditional love. Residents here at Glen enjoy the smiles from the animals; it relaxes them and they can forget their troubles.

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