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Hometown Hero: Paws Across Texas

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Everything changes when a child becomes a hospital patient. 

Being away from home, family and pets can take a toll. Paws Across Texas helps kids with the pet part.

Every Friday charming canines and their handlers go into the patient's rooms at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. 

If a child isn't up to playing,  a dog will sit on the bed and be patted or have its fur brushed. For kiddos feeling better...there are canine-kid high 5's, throwing of soft toys for catch and lots of big hugs and doggie treats. Sometimes there's even puppy slobber...and that's part of the fun!

Paws Across Texas started in 1988 and Virginia Hyatt is one of the co-founders.

Back then, the dogs helped the elderly with mobility - if they needed help with balance, seniors walked the dogs. Help with motor skills? Toss a Frisbee to a pooch. It worked like a dream.

Now the non-profit is in five North Texas counties. Thirty two therapy dogs and their handlers work with children, the elderly and the disabled.

Virginia Hyatt says this is a joy which combines her favorite things...people, pets and making life better.

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