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.