Therapy Dogs Make The Grade

Thirteen Canines Pass Certification Test

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Posted: April 30, 2014

Cyndi Smith, 55, of Bridgewater, stands with her 7-year-old golden retriever, Buddy, at a therapy dog certification test at Weyers Cave Community Center on Sunday. Thirteen dogs were approved at the event for use in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. (Photo by Caleb Soptelean / DN-R)

WEYERS CAVE — A dog is a man’s best friend — and, as it turns out, a best friend to the ill and infirm, too.

Helping dogs become therapy dogs is one of Jessica Troop’s passions.

Troop, 39,…



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