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Captain Katie Kopp from 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division talks to therapy dog Hank during Hank's visit to Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 3, 2012. Hank is the only Boston Terrier therapy dog deployed in this region to interact with soldiers as a stress relief. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Captain Katie Kopp from 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division talks to therapy dog Hank during Hank's visit to Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 3, 2012. Hank is the only Boston Terrier therapy dog deployed in this region to interact with soldiers as a stress relief. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Private First Class Ronnie Berryman from 4th Platoon, Daggery Company of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment sits with Captain Katie Kopp as he pets therapy dog Hank during Hank's visit to Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 3, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Private First Class Ronnie Berryman from 4th Platoon, Daggery Company of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment sits with Captain Katie Kopp as he pets therapy dog Hank during Hank's visit to Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 3, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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A patient at a rehabilitation hospital hugs a nine-year-old yellow Sapsaree named Ssoidol, used as a therapy dog, in Yeongcheon, South Korea October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

A patient at a rehabilitation hospital hugs a nine-year-old yellow Sapsaree named Ssoidol, used as a therapy dog, in Yeongcheon, South Korea October 29, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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Tami Skinner (R) brings Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people to visit multiple sclerosis patient Rochelle Rotruck in Denver, Colorado July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Tami Skinner (R) brings Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people to visit multiple sclerosis patient Rochelle Rotruck in Denver, Colorado July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Tami Skinner (C) brings Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people to visit multiple sclerosis patients (L-R) Rick Defreese, Ted Hodkowski and Nick Harmon in Denver, Colorado July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Tami Skinner (C) brings Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people to visit multiple sclerosis patients (L-R) Rick Defreese, Ted Hodkowski and Nick Harmon in Denver, Colorado July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Multiple sclerosis patient Nick Harmon (L) touches Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people in Denver, Colorado July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Multiple sclerosis patient Nick Harmon (L) touches Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people in Denver, Colorado July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people runs for a treat with a handler after getting his swimming therapy in Denver, Colorado July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Dare, a two-legged Sheltie dog used in therapy for disabled people runs for a treat with a handler after getting his swimming therapy in Denver, Colorado July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Patient Tan Hee Siong, 77, plays with a German Shepherd dog during a pet therapy session at the HCA Day Care Centre in Singapore September 28, 2007. REUTERS/Shahida Ariff Patail

Patient Tan Hee Siong, 77, plays with a German Shepherd dog during a pet therapy session at the HCA Day Care Centre in Singapore September 28, 2007. REUTERS/Shahida Ariff Patail

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Patient Lai Hoon Sion (C), 73, strokes a Golden Retriever dog next to a dog trainer and fellow patient Hong Tah Tee (R), 73, during a pet therapy session at the HCA Day Care Centre in Singapore, September 28, 2007. REUTERS/Shahida Ariff Patail

Patient Lai Hoon Sion (C), 73, strokes a Golden Retriever dog next to a dog trainer and fellow patient Hong Tah Tee (R), 73, during a pet therapy session at the HCA Day Care Centre in Singapore, September 28, 2007. REUTERS/Shahida Ariff Patail

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A man reaches to pat a therapy dog as he and other people gather around a reflecting pool at the site of the World Trade Center on the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York September 11, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A man reaches to pat a therapy dog as he and other people gather around a reflecting pool at the site of the World Trade Center on the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York September 11, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Russian child plays with a dog during a therapy session at a dog training centre in Moscow, November 23, 2004. Specially trained dogs at the centre turn their highly trained minds to helping cure children with a range of problems from nightmares to cerebral palsy. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

Russian child plays with a dog during a therapy session at a dog training centre in Moscow, November 23, 2004. Specially trained dogs at the centre turn their highly trained minds to helping cure children with a range of problems from nightmares to cerebral palsy. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

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Mixed terrier Eddie plays with owner Anneleise Smillie at an elderly care centre in Hong Kong November 13, 2003. Eddie was saved from a squalid animal market in mainland China in 2001 and is now used for human therapy in the territory. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Mixed terrier Eddie plays with owner Anneleise Smillie at an elderly care centre in Hong Kong November 13, 2003. Eddie was saved from a squalid animal market in mainland China in 2001 and is now used for human therapy in the territory. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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A mentally handicapped Chinese boy plays with a one and half-year-old "Doctor Dog" called "Bird Bird" during a visit to his classroom by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) members April 12, 2000. The IFAW's Dr. Dog programme was initiated in Beijing in 1999 with three dog owners volunteering their animals for regular visit to special classes for mentally handicapped children. The childen look upon the dogs as their...more

A mentally handicapped Chinese boy plays with a one and half-year-old "Doctor Dog" called "Bird Bird" during a visit to his classroom by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) members April 12, 2000. The IFAW's Dr. Dog programme was initiated in Beijing in 1999 with three dog owners volunteering their animals for regular visit to special classes for mentally handicapped children. The childen look upon the dogs as their adopted friends and the development of their relationship is believed to have therapeutic effects. REUTERS/Andrew Wong

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