Bonnie Beattie, recently retired as manager, meetings and conventions, for Equitable Life of Iowa, has been spending a lot of time in the hospital. Not as a patient, but as one half of a team going from bed to bed, visiting people recovering from surgery or living with long-term illnesses. The other half of the team is a schnauzer named Libby. "She loves it," Beattie says of her dog's role in the local "pet therapy" program. "I put her on the bed and they tell her everything. She just ...

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