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Therapy dogs help children with disabilities

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Geovany Gonzalez with cerebral palsy, interacts with Fiona, a therapeutically trained dog, as it tries to lick his face during a therapy session at the Colitas Foundation in Panama City September 22, 2012. The Colitas Foundation, run by Mario Chang, sponsors a programme using trained dogs for therapeutic practice and to help improve the quality of life of children and teenagers with mental and physical disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and autism.

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Anais Nickol, with cerebral palsy, hugs Hershey, a therapeutically trained dog, during a therapy session.

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Anais Yisel (L) with cerebral palsy and Josue Salazar with autism lie on top off Fiona, a therapeutically trained dog, during a therapy session at the Colitas Foundation in Panama City.

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