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First Person: The Healing Love Of A Therapy Dog

Bob Schultze is pictured in this undated photo with his therapy dog, Hudson. ...

Above: Bob Schultze is pictured in this undated photo with his therapy dog, Hudson. Since 2012, Schultze and Hudson have made more than 200 visits to memory care units, senior centers, the VA and palliative care facilities in San Diego.

First Person: The Healing Love Of A Therapy Dog

GUESTS:

Bob Schultze, volunteer, Pet Encounter Therapy Program, Helen Woodward Animal Center

Transcript

Some dogs come around once in a lifetime. That is how Bob Schultze feels about his Italian greyhound, Hudson.

"He makes me want to be a better person," Schultze said.

When Schultze first adopted Hudson from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2008, the dog had social and behavioral issues to overcome in addition to a heartworm infection. But after a lot of patience and training, Hudson has become a world-class therapy dog.

RELATED: Love On A Leash: Therapy Dogs Spread Love Throughout San Diego

Since 2012, Bob and Hudson have made more than 200 visits to memory care units, senior centers, the VA and palliative care facilities in San Diego, all in an effort to help people feel better and spread a little four-legged joy.

Schultze shared their story as part of the Midday Edition series, First Person on Monday.

Special Feature First Person

KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

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